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Domestic assault suspect surrenders after standoff near 31st and Lister

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Authorities set up a command post at Happy Foods, located at 4019 E 31st Street. (KCTV5) Authorities set up a command post at Happy Foods, located at 4019 E 31st Street. (KCTV5)

Authorities in Kansas City were involved in a standoff for hours with a man suspected of domestic assault and threatening police officers.

The incident started about 11 p.m. on Monday at a house in the 3000 block of Lister Avenue.

Police say the incident started as a domestic assault.

The man's wife said he assaulted her and then drove her and their one-year-old child to a relatives' home.

When the man couldn't get inside, police say he went back to a house on Lister Avenue.

Police tried to talk the man, described as a black man in his mid-40s, into coming out of the building but the man came outside the back door and told officers that if they tried to arrest him he would shoot them. The man's wife told police he did have a handgun.

A tactical response unit was been called to assist with the incident.

Police spoke with the man over the phone for a few minutes before he surrendered. He peacefully walked out of the house and was taken into custody without incident at about 5:20 a.m.

The man's wife and child are safe.

Virgio Pettorss, a man who lives in the area, says he woke up to the sound of sirens and tactical response officers hiding behind his truck with guns drawn, pointed at the house.

"I was scared because I didn't know what was going on," P said.

Pettorss says he's only lived in the neighborhood for three months and says things have been fairly quiet, unit Monday night.

“They told me to just stay inside and make sure all the doors were locked and just stay inside, and I was like, okay,” Pettorss said.

Police made sure Pettorss and other neighbors were safe during the standoff.

“They were surrounding right here by my truck, one was on the other side, there were three right here and a couple up in the driveway,” Pettorss said.

Those living in the area were happy that the standoff ended peacefully.

“If gunshots were to happen, I would definitely have to leave because I have a one year old daughter and that wouldn’t be a good thing,” Pettorss said.

Authorities are questioning the man arrested after the standoff.

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