Eight-hour standoff ends in Berkeley

May 5, 2008 8:25:46 AM PDT
Berkeley police responded to a domestic dispute that resulted in a more than eight-hour standoff on Sunday with a man who allegedly battered his partner and was threatening to commit suicide, according to the Police Department.

After a lot of negotiation, the dispute was resolved peacefully around 11:30 p.m. and the suspect was taken into custody, police said.

The initial report came from the suspect's significant other, who told police the suspect was battering her at 2:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Queens Road.

When police responded, the suspect had barricaded himself inside their home, keeping police negotiating outside.

The woman did not need medical attention, police said.