Standoff in Barnstead ends peacefully

BARNSTEAD — The Belknap County Special Operations Group responded with local police to a report of an adult male who had said he was going to harm himself Monday night.
According to a media statement issued jointly by Police Chief Ken Borgia and Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin, the Barnstead Police responded at 8:30 p.m. to Parade Circle, which is part of a square that comprised the Parade section of town that is off Old Route 28.
The report said the adult man had a juvenile female inside and local police learned he possessed a number of firearms.
When the man didn't respond to Barnstead Police, homes in the immediate area were evacuated and the Belknap Regional Special Operations Group was called.
At 11:45 p.m. a negotiator was successful in reaching the man on the telephone and he left the house voluntarily following a brief discussion. The young female was found sleeping in the house, unharmed.
The man was turned overt to the Barnstead Police and taken to the hospital for a compulsory psychiatric evaluation.
Authorities said the man has not been charged with a crime and no charge is anticipated.