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STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla._New information has been released concerning Wednesday night's four-hour standoff in Stephens County with an armed man who threatened to kill several people, including his girlfriend, and sheriff's deputies.

Jimmy Taulbee, 48, was arrested Wednesday night after he surrendered peacefully. Deputies had responded to a call Wednesday night around 5:00 p.m. from his girlfriend, saying he was threatening to kill her and the owner of the home. When deputies arrived, Taulbee barricaded himself in a bedroom for nearly four hours and threatened to do harm to anyone who intervened.

No one was hurt in the standoff as both Taulbee's girlfriend and the other resident of the home were the first ones accounted for.

"She had already left. She had got away to a phone and called 911. We did remove the homeowner, moved him out safely and put him in a safe place," said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney.

That's when Taulbee locked himself in a bedroom.

"[He told] our deputies that if they came to the door, he would kill them, he would shoot them," said Sheriff McKinney.

Four long and hot hours of negotiations...as officers cut the power to the property in hopes of luring Taulbee out sooner. Finally, just after 9:00 p.m., Taulbee emerged out of the room and into sheriff's custody.

In the wake of a terrorizing day just weeks ago at the Ray of Hope Church in Duncan, it's a scenario that Stephens County is no stranger to.

"I just think we live in different times now. Once we get to an area like that or a call like that, our main goal is to protect the citizens, the innocent people around, and then to protect that person in there," said Sheriff McKinney.

Protection comes in the form of those skilled negotiations that aren't just essential, they're crucial.

"You wanna try to find something to get their mind off of that, get their mind on their family members, something...God, whatever. If they're talking to you, they're thinking of other things. Our deputies were as calm as they could be. I think they did a phenomenal job trying to calm him down a little bit. You get yourself in that situation, it can become volatile very quickly," said Sheriff McKinney.

Taulbee was taken into custody after deputies found his long list of outstanding warrants around the state that include aggravated assault, drug possession and DUI.

It's unclear whether Taulbee will face any charges as a result of the standoff. The Stephens County Sheriff's Department says they're still investigating.

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