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Altus man shot during standoff

ALTUS, Okla._Altus police responded to a potential suicide call Tuesday morning which turned into a shootout.

It happened on the 200 block of east Live Oak around 10:00 a.m. when police received a call of a suicidal man who refused to come outside. Once police entered the home, the man opened fire.

"Almost immediately they're met with gunfire from inside the house," said Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy.

Instantly, officers returned fire, hitting the man in the chest. But he still refused to come outside, resulting in a standoff that shut down parts of the street.

"The officers back out. We begin negotiations. Negotiations lasted about an hour and a half," explained Chief Murphy.

Finally, they persuaded the man to come outside and surrender. He is now being held at the Jackson County Memorial ER. It is unclear why the man wanted to end his life but officials say the man first called his wife saying he felt suicidal, prompting her to immediately call police. Although it was a bad turn of events, Chief Murphy is still glad no one died.

"It's fortunate that things turned out the way it did, with nobody losing their life," said Chief Murphy.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is now working on the case and the man is currently awaiting formal charges.

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