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Standoff in Stoneville ends peacefully

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200 block of Thomas Street (Google)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A standoff between a man and police ended peacefully early Thursday morning in Stoneville when the man surrendered.

Officers were alerted to a man who was firing shots into the air outside a house in the 200 block of Thomas Street around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

When police arrived, James Robert Oliver, 54, came out of the house, fired one round into the air and then barricaded himself inside.

Stoneville police called for assistance from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Negotiators worked through the night to speak with Oliver. He finally surrendered to police around 3:11 a.m. Thursday.

Neighbors were evacuated from their homes, but were able to return this morning. No hostages were taken and there were no injuries reported.

Oliver was taken to Annie Penn Hospital undergoing mental evaluation.

Police believe the reason for the standoff might have been domestic-related.

Charges are pending.