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Jul 9, 2012 11:32 PM

Georgetown Police Say Man Threatened to Set Fire to Home

A tense scene unfolded in Scott County as police tried to keep a man from setting fire to his house on the 100 block of Copperfield Lane.

At around 7:30 p.m., police cars blocked off the road, and with firefighters and medics on standby, neighbors say they knew something wasn't right. Minutes later, the Scott County Special Response Team arrived. They put on their vests and with guns drawn, prepared to face potential danger.

"There was some gasoline poured outside of the lawn area on the house, and also possibly inside the residence," says Lt. Robert Swanigan with Georgetown Police.

A woman had been in the house with him, and police say threats were made against her, but she got out of the house OK. The man, who police say was armed with two knives, was still inside. Police evacuated nearby homes.

"He was threatening to burn the house down, and possibly kill himself," Swanigan said.

With the strike of a match, things could have turned ugly fast.

"The houses are very close together. This could have been a very bad situation," Swanigan said.

Among the responders is a negotiator. In those critical moments, he managed to do what he needed to do to keep everyone safe.

"Our negotiator did a tremendous job. I can't say enough about how he handled that. It worked out perfectly," Swanigan said.

The man was taken into custody, but he didn't immediately face charges. Police say they are most concerned about his health.

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