SWAT surrounds Durham complex in standoff

July 26, 2011 4:14:45 PM PDT
Authorities in Durham were involved in a standoff situation for hours Tuesday morning.

Around 8:30 a.m., someone called police about a domestic disturbance with a weapon at an apartment at McDougald Terrace on Wabash Street at Ridgeway Avenue. McDougald Terrace is a low-income housing project not far from North Carolina Central University's campus.

A Durham police spokesperson said when officers arrived, 37-year-old DeMarcus Minter was holding an ex-girlfriend and nine children hostage inside an apartment.

Minter eventually released everyone inside, but he refused to come out.

Some residents were startled out of sleep when officers ordered evacuations of at least two buildings. Residents were displaced for hours, while officers work to secure the scene.

Buses in the area were also re-routed because of the dangerous situation.

Minter was arrested around 1 p.m. after a SWAT team surrounded the apartment and forced him out. He now faces10 counts of second-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction (sawed-off rifle), breaking and entering, assault on a female and communicating threats.

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