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UPDATE: Family helps end standoff with armed man

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies have ended a standoff with an armed man at a home off Castle Hayne Road. Deputies said it was the man's family who helped bring things to a quiet conclusion.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said the call originally came in at 11:23 a.m. as a hostage situation. Brewer said a family member stopped by the home on Gladiolus Road this morning, where the relative found the man, in his 70s, with a gun refusing to let his wife leave. The relative left to get help. Brewer said by the time deputies arrived, the man's wife had escaped the house safely.

A neighbor said this is out of character for a man he describes as a friendly guy.

"I'm just amazed," Neal Ashcraft said. "I would have never thought that it would have been him. Like I said I thought it was somebody up here, you know, that I didn't know. But I had no idea it was him til somebody just called and told me."

Negotiators convinced the man, who's name has not been released, to let relatives in and take him to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

The family did not want to do an interview with us. They say this is a family matter.

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