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October 24, 2014

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Standoff outside Nellis AFB ends peacefully

Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 3:20 p.m.

A six-hour standoff between police and an armed man in the parking lot of O’Callaghan Federal Hospital outside Nellis Air Force Base is over.

Metro Police SWAT took the man into custody without incident about 3 p.m., Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

Members of Nellis' 99th Security Forces Squadron and Metro Police responded about 9 a.m. to the hospital in the 4700 block of North Las Vegas Boulevard, near Nellis Boulevard, after receiving reports about an armed man threatening suicide.

The hospital remained locked down during the incident, and medical emergencies were being diverted to other hospitals in the valley.

The standoff caused authorities to close Las Vegas Boulevard in both directions from Craig Road to Range Road. Additionally, all but one gate at Nellis Air Force Base was closed. Cassell said he expected officers would clear out of the area and the closed street reopened by 3:45 p.m.

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