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Lexington standoff ends peacefully, man taken to hospital for evaluation

The standoff happened on Roberts Street and lasted roughly 12 hours.
Credit: Lexington Police Department
Roberts Street standoff runs late into the evening on Aug. 26, 2021

LEXINGTON, S.C. — A standoff in Lexington that blocked a neighborhood street and temporarily forced nearby neighbors to evacuate ended after roughly 12 hours on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the department reported initially that Roberts Street had been closed down between North Church and Cladius streets due to a barricaded person. Police said the person was believed to be in a backyard shed in the area. It's unclear how the situation began or what specifically led up to the current police presence.

However, police said there were crisis negotiators speaking with the person over the phone for much of the incident. Immediate neighbors had also been removed from their homes as a result. Otherwise, police said there was no threat to others. 

Police later added that the person was having a mental health crisis.

Just after 11 p.m., police said the situation had finally come to an end with the man in the shed taken by emergency medical services to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Maps show the location to be a primarily residential area on the west side of the Town of Lexington.