Armed police head to a standoff Wednesday in Newport. Police say a suspect was taken into custody following a four-hour standoff.NEWPORT — A 36-year-old man who told police he was being surrounded by about 400 non-existent police officers and retreated to his garage roof where he held a number of real state and federal law officers at bay for four hours Wednesday was ordered held on $100,000 bail. Derrick Niles, who was armed with a rifle while on the roof, was taken into custody without any shots being fired. There were no injuries.
The situation began about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when Niles called police and told them he was being surrounded.
When officers arrived, Niles was on the roof and he had directed a 15-year-old boy to take an armed position in the woods to help protect the house. The boy later surrendered.
Eight children and one adult were evacuated from the home where the incident took place.
Niles was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. He was charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
It could not be immediately determined if Niles had an attorney.
Police say no one else will be charged. Police initially ordered people in the neighborhood to stay in their homes, but later ordered area residents to leave their homes.MORE IN Vermont NewsJames Jeffords called it his “first vivid memory.” It was just before Christmas 1939. Full Story
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