A man who told his girlfriend he would shoot at officers if she called for help, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a brief standoff with police.
Walter Tweed, 39, was arrested on charges of domestic violence/disorderly conduct and criminal damage, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.
Police cars littered a neighborhood near West Roundup Road around 3:45 p.m. as negotiators worked to get Tweed out of his home, at 316 W. Roundup Road.
Tweed’s girlfriend called police after the couple got into an argument and Tweed began breaking items in the home.
The woman told officers that Tweed had threatened to shoot officers or himself if she called for help.
Fearing for the safety of her two-and-a-half-year-old child, the woman grabbed her stuff and began walking east on Roundup Road, carrying the baby. The woman met up with her nephew, who was walking home after being dropped off by a school bus, and waited for police to arrive in an area near Mustang Park.
When officers arrived, she told them Tweed had multiple weapons inside the home.
“Because of the threats, which we took seriously, we called out our special response team,” Engler said.
Negotiators Sgt. Dean Faust and Det. Mike Varga used cell phones to communicate with Tweed for 20 minutes, eventually convincing him to leave the home unarmed.
No shots were fired and no one was injured, Engler said.