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Standoff with former Russellville police officer ends peacefully

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Police on scene of standoff on Ash Avenue. Police on scene of standoff on Ash Avenue.
RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Russellville man is in custody after a three hour standoff. 

Police say former Russellville Police Officer Robert Saint barricaded himself in his home on Ash Avenue Monday night.  Witnesses say police blocked off the street and kept everyone inside the recreation center during the negotiations.

Officers were called to Saint's home around 6:30pm after a report of shots fired.  When they arrived, Saint was in the front yard with a gun.  Police say they tried to negotiate with him for several hours.  Eventually, they saw Saint on the ground without a gun and they were able to take him into custody. 

Saint was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Special Response Commander, Captain Mike Prince said, "we didn't want anybody to get hurt, and that's the way it ended so we couldn't have asked for it to end better."

Saint left the Russellville Police force in 2004 for health reasons.

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