UNION, NJ – An erratic man in a home on Arnet Avenue Monday evening was the cause of the standoff with Union police and the Union County SWAT team, police say.
At about 7:00 p.m., Union police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident of Arnet Avenue reporting a family member acting in an erratic manner and punching walls in the home. According to police, the caller said she was afraid and was hiding in a closet with another family member. Union police officers responded to the scene and upon walking to the rear of the home saw an enraged person walking around inside the home holding a shotgun under his arm.
Police moved away from the rear door and awaited other officers to assist. Union police say additional officers responded and tried to get the distraught man to come out of his home, but he refused. Officers set up a perimeter around the home and awaited additional personnel. Police instructed the immediate neighbors to remain in their homes and stay in the basement until there was no longer any danger.
The Union County SWAT team responded to the home by 8:00 p.m. After speaking to the man, officers were able to determine it was safe for the other family members to leave the house, and they ran out of the front door at 8:18. Eventually SWAT officers entered the home and located the man. The exact time is unknown. The man was taken into custody and later taken to a hospital for further treatment and a mental health evaluation. According to police, there was no one else in the home, but they did locate and seize guns found there. Police say no one was injured during the incident.