AC Cops: Brief standoff ends peacefully Sat.

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By Shane Farley
February 11, 2013 - 1:23:15 am

What Ark City Police described as a brief standoff came to a peaceful end Saturday evening when a local man surrendered to officers at his home, according to police chief Sean Wallace.

Just before 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance on S. Summit St. where they learned a man had just left the area after reportedly attacking a woman physically during a 30-minute altercation at the residence.

The man was said to have left with a rifle and shotgun en route to his own home.

Police said the suspect, identified as Loren Hearlson, 37, continued to text the alleged victim with officers present and threatened to pull a gun on police if they were called. The woman also worried Hearlson might harm himself.

Additional officers were requested and converged on a residence in the 800 block of A Street. Residence in the area were asked to stay inside their homes.

Hearlson initially refused to comply with officers but allowed two children to leave the residence. The man spoke with authorities by cell phone for a time before agreeing to surrender without incident.

Two firearms were collected at the scene.

Hearlson was booked into the Cowley County Jail on charges of battery-domestic violence, disorderly conduct, criminal threat and criminal restraint. Bond was set at $4,250.

The suspect has yet to be formally charged in the case.

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