A standoff has ended peacefully, after causing Richmond police to block parts of U.S. 25 for more than three hours Friday afternoon as they negotiated with a man threatening to kill himself in the parking lot of Richmond Plaza.
Police took the man into custody before 6 p.m., said Assistant Chief James Wilson. Police took the man to a hospital.
Wilson said he did not know whether the man was charged.
Wilson declined to name the man because "we want to protect him as well as the officers on the scene." He said the man was depressed because he recently lost his job.
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Wilson said the incident was confined to the parking lot.
During the standoff, all roads within half a mile of the shopping center, which includes a Kroger grocery store, were closed, Wilson said.
At 2:32 p.m. a customer called police to say that a man was "distraught" sitting inside his car in the parking lot. The caller said the man had a gun and threatened to kill himself, Wilson said.
Madison County schools officials said students were not allowed to leave Clark-Moores Middle School until 3:15 p.m. as a precaution. They were eventually allowed to leave south on U.S. 25, also known as Berea Road, in Madison County.