Armed man surrenders after four-hour standoff in Perry



An armed standoff in the 1900 block of Warford Street in Perry ended peacefully about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when a 35-year-old man surrendered to local law enforcement after holding out for more than four hours.

The incident apparently began when officers of the Perry Police Department responded to reports of a domestic situation at the residence about 4 a.m., but the exact circumstances leading to the standoff remain obscure at this hour.

The Perry Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office and the Iowa State Patrol. Warford Street was closed between Ninth and 11th streets and 10th Street was closed from Willis Avenue to Lucinda Street during the course of the incident.

A woman at the scene said the holed-up man was her son.

“Come out, honey,” the woman said prayerfully to her son from her remote location on the corner of Ninth and Warford streets. She said her son recently moved back in with his estranged wife, and “she gave him some kind of pills.” The woman said she “never had troubles like this till we moved here.”

Negotiations between Perry Police Department officers and the man inside the house led to his agreement to exit the dwelling about 6 a.m. Law enforcement officers could be seen training their rifles on the rear door of the residence once the man inside said he would come out.

The man exited the rear of the residence with his hands up about 6:15 a.m. and was taken into custody without further incident. No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported. It is unknown whether anyone else was in the house with the man.

Law enforcement remains at the scene at this hour, checking the residence for other occupants and conducting an investigation. will update this story as information becomes available.


  1. Great job in covering this story. I saw it at 10 a.m. this morning, and at 1:45 p.m. this afternoon all our local radio station has on its website is “We will have more information as it becomes official.” Advertisers need to realize how poor the local radio station’s news is and that they should be advertising on “” Keep up the good work, guys.


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