Two Craig County Deputies arrived on scene after a call to dispatch and found the vehicle occupied by a male subject armed with a handgun.

WELCH – An eight-hour standoff Tuesday, Sept. 19, with an armed suspect who barricaded himself in a borrowed pickup truck ended peacefully after several hours of negotiations.

Two Craig County Deputies arrived on scene after a call to dispatch and found the vehicle occupied by a male subject armed with a handgun.

“We got called out on a traffic call of a car in the highway at approximately 2:40 a.m.,” Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey said. “A vehicle was sitting in the eastbound lane of Highway 10. Deputies responded and found the subject in the vehicle, and he wouldn't respond, wouldn't work with us, wouldn't come out of the vehicle.”

The vehicle was located in the eastbound lane 100 yards past the Bluejacket turnoff near County Road 4450.

A safety perimeter was established, and traffic was diverted for several hours closing Hwy 10 from County Road 4440 to County Road 4460 in Craig County during the standoff.

Sheriff Winfrey said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was called in to assist and they took over the scene using a negotiator to get him out of the vehicle.

The suspect had a handgun but never directly threatened law enforcement during the standoff, but would not communicate with the deputies, according to Winfrey.

“I won't comment any specifics at this time on who or what,” Winfrey said. “He came out willingly, and everybody is safe, nobody was hurt. OHP came in with the negotiators and did a great job. That's what the end goal is at the end of the day nobody got hurt.”

Around 10:45 a.m. the man exited the pickup truck and was taken for assistance and was transported to a facility for evaluation and treatment. No criminal charges have been made at this time.

Responding agencies included the Craig County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Fire Department, Mercy EMS, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and Welch Fire Department.

Sheriff Winfrey thanked all responding agencies for their assistance.

“These agencies were instrumental in keeping the public and all persons involved safe,” Winfrey said.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.