FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Officers had to stop traffic on Geren Rd. and Lookout Dr. in Fort Smith as they conducted a welfare check that led to a standoff with a person barricaded inside of a home.
According to neighbors, several detectives wearing bulletproof vests were seen in the front yard of a house around 12 p.m. Friday (Aug. 16). Several officers were seen carrying rifles near the house.
Officer Aric Mitchell with Fort Smith Police says they are conducting a welfare check. Officers are on the scene seeing to the safety of the individual.
Negotiators used a megaphone to try to communicate with the person inside.
Anna Catherine says she has never seen anything like this happen on her street before.
"There is a bunch of police cars down at the end of the street and I think there is a man inside and they are trying to get him to come out and they are just talking to him through an intercom and there's just a lot of cars and blue lights," Catherine said.
Schools had to reroute buses and parents who live in the neighborhood had to pick up their children at different locations.
The armed person peacefully surrendered to officers around 6 p.m.
According to FSPD, SWAT was called as a precautionary measure for the safety of the person and everyone on the scene. Due to the incident involving a possible mental health concern, the person's name will not be released.
No other information is available at this time.