Arlington Standoff Ends Curiously

Officers, robot find empty home after standoff

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    After a man threatened to shoot police, an overnight standoff ends with no one in custody. Police are now searching for 35-year-old Matthew McCarson in connection with a domestic violence incident. (Published Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012)

    A standoff in Arlington ended Wednesday morning peacefully, if not curiously.

    Officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home on the 1800-block of Creekpark Trail at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. 

    According to police, Matthew McCarson, 35, had been working on his car in the driveway when he got into an argument with his mother. A short time later, McCarson's father showed up, the arguing continued and McCarson struck him, police said. 

    During the ordeal, someone called the police.  When McCarson learned that officers were on the way, he went into the garage and grabbed a gun before announcing that if any police officers came into the house he would shoot them.

    When officers arrived, everyone inside the home came out, except for McCarson.

    Due to the threat made, tactical units were called out and a perimeter was established around the home while officers demanded McCarson come out of the residence.

    After more than 10 hours, officers searched the home with a police robot before sending officers inside to retrieve McCarson. To their surprise, he was not inside the home.

    McCarson's wife told NBC 5 that the whole thing is a misunderstanding and has been blown way out of proportion.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for McCarson for assault on the elderly, due to his father's age.  The charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

    NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.