Standoff ends after 5 hours

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A five-hour standoff between a Decatur man and police ended peacefully just after noon Friday morning.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said officers were called to a home in the 400 block of South Holman Street around 7 a.m. The officers were contacted by the girlfriend of the homeowner, Mark Calvert, 52. She said she’d broken up with Calvert that morning, and he’d threatened to kill himself.

Officers first spoke to Calvert through the door and became concerned when he refused to open the door and speak with them.

“From our standpoint, he had weapons in there and wanted to hurt himself, so we secured the area,” Hoskins said.

Neighbors were evacuated and the street was blocked off. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office brought in their SWAT team and negotiators around 9 a.m. Hoskins said the negotiators talked with Calvert via cell phone and were able to persuade him to leave the house around 12:15 p.m.

“He’s being taken to Wise Health for a psych evaluation,” Hoskins said. “That psych evaluation will determine whether there will be criminal charges.”

Hoskins said the police will interview Calvert’s girlfriend to determine whether he threatened her in the course of their breakup. If he did, Hoskins said Calvert may be charged with deadly conduct or family violence.

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