Standoff with suicidal man ends at 3:30 a.m.

GILFORD — After a four-hour armed standoff, law enforcement officials were able to convince an armed Cherry Valley Road man to give his handgun to police and be taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Police said the incident began Saturday at 11:25 p.m. when the man called Gilford Police and told them he was suicidal.

Local police, along with members of the Belknap County Special Operations Group, responded while troopers from the New Hampshire State Police closed Cherry Valley Road.

The standoff took place in the Cherry Valley Condominiums at 663 Cherry Valley Road. Sgt. Christopher Jacques said the police had a plan for evacuating some of the surrounding units but police were able to make contact with him via telephone so there was no evacuation.

"It was a combination of physical entry and speaking with the individual," Jacques said, describing how police took the man into custody.

Jacques said there was a child in the apartment with the distressed man. He said the child was older than six but was still young enough to be considered a child. The child was uninjured.

At 3:30 a.m. the man allowed an officer into the apartment and he was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for evaluation. Jacques said no criminal charges had been filed.