BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police say a man who refused to come out of the bathroom at a Kangaroo Express convenience store was taken to UAB Hospital for a mental evaluation.
Before the standoff ended, Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards told WIAT the man is “disturbed, or disgruntled,” and may possibly have a gun.
According to people near the store, on 1st Avenue North at Oporto Madrid Boulevard, it all started around 4 p.m. Friday.
“I was cleaning up the store at the time, and two guys walked in,” said Walter Perdue, an employee at the store.
Perdue said one of the men shouted, “Come on, hurry up!” While the other man locked himself in the bathroom.
Police arrived soon after.
“He told the officers that he had a weapon and he was not coming out, and he was not going to let anyone in,” Perdue said.
Perdue and other employees were evacuated from the store, while tactical teams arrived.
For roughly three hours, roads around the convenience store were blocked off while officers negotiated with the man in the bathroom.
The man eventually agreed to come out of the bathroom on his own. Police said he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, possibly meth, and was transported to UAB for evaluation.
Edwards said the man was not armed, and is not facing charges at this time.
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