Man Surrenders Peacefully after Knoxville Standoff

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Knoxville (WVLT) A man who held police at bay while holding a handgun in Sequoyah Hills Park has surrendered to Knoxville Police peacefully.

Knoxville Police officers say they found the 27-year-old man sitting on a picnic table in the park, holding a hand gun, around 8:15.

A portion of Cherokee Boulevard was closed as police negotiators tried to talk to him.

Nearby Sequoyah Hills Elementary School was put on lockdown as a precaution.

Knox County Schools spokesperson Russ Oaks says the outside doors of the school were locked, but students were able to move from classroom to classroom inside.

Finally around 11:30 am, the man dropped the gun and surrendered to police.

Knoxville Police say the man will undergo a mental evaluation.

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