Man taken into custody after standoff on Asbill Avenue in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A man was taken into custody after a standoff in High Point on Wednesday night, according to a news release from High Point police.

Police and firefighters came to a home in the 100 block of Asbill Avenue after a reported domestic disturbance.

When officers arrived, witnesses said that they heard a gunshot and a man had forced two females out of the residence and barricaded himself inside.

“We heard a gunshot and that’s when me and my husband jumped up and ran into the house,” said Brittany Lopez, who lives near the house and saw it unfold. “[I] told our kids to hit the floor.”

Lopez said she and her husband heard their neighbor yelling moments before the gunshots. She said he was inside the house shouting profanities. At one point he was seen stepping out of the house and walking down the street.

“He kind of looked upset, and then we saw him walking back. Not even two minutes, we heard more screaming,” she said.

After the man barricaded himself inside, a massive presence of law enforcement showed up including a heavily armored vehicle.

The man refused to come out and after an hour and 15 minutes of negotiation, police say the man started a fire in the house.

“I saw it and said, ‘That’s an actual fire.’” Lopez recalled. “It appeared he started a fire. You could see the flames.”

Five minutes after starting the fire, police say the man left the house through a back window and was taken into custody.

High Point firefighters put the fire out. The house had significant damage from the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation. No charges have been filed.

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