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Puna man surrenders peacefully after seven-hour standoff

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A 55-year-old man said to have multiple firearms surrendered without incident to Hawaii County police Tuesday following a seven-hour standoff at a house in the Eden Roc subdivision in the Puna District, police said.

Officers from the Puna station responded shortly before 9 a.m. to a call of a 55-year-old man who was allegedly using a gun to threaten people in a house on Ahi Avenue. The man refused to surrender to the officers, so the police department called in its Special Response Team tactical unit.

At some point a 35-year-old relative managed to leave the house, police said. Officers spoke with the armed man, who surrendered about 3:45 p.m. His wife, 55, was found unharmed in the house.

The man was arrested and placed in the Hilo cellblock, under investigation for first-degree unlawful imprisonment and first-degree terroristic threatening. 

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