WILMINGTON — A man surrendered peacefully to Wilmington police offers and SWAT team at around 10 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 300 block of South Wall Street after several hours of negotiations and eventually the use of tear gas to drive him out of the house.

Police were called by the suspect’s mother after the man allegedly threatened her with a knife.

Police finally shot tear gas into the house and the suspect exited the house onto the roof of the front porch.

After more negotiations with police, a city bucket truck was brought in and the man voluntarily climbed in the bucket and was brought down and handcuffed.

Police Chief Ron Fithen said the man would be taken to to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and any treatment needed for the effects of tear gas.

Fithen expects the suspect to be charged with a felony. Police plan to release more details later on Friday.

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Police SWAT officers, some armed with tear gas, talk with the suspect, seen on the roof of the porch Friday morning.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/10/web1_DSC_0104.jpgPolice SWAT officers, some armed with tear gas, talk with the suspect, seen on the roof of the porch Friday morning. Tom Barr | News Journal