Hostage negotiator Cpl. Jay Blackerby, right, and Deputy Thomas Hult at the scene of the standoff with officers Friday morning.

A standoff with an armed man at a house off Toonigh Road ended peacefully Friday morning when the man surrendered to authorities just before 11 a.m., according to Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office.

About an hour and a half before surrendering, the man barricaded himself in an outbuilding behind the residence, Baker said. There were no shots fired and no injuries. The house is located in a neighborhood off Toonigh Road and the incident began as a domestic argument, Baker said.

"Our hostage negotiator (Cpl. Jay Blackerby) spoke with him and we were able to bring it to a peaceful conclusion with nobody hurt, which is always our goal," Baker said. "We're taking him to the hospital to get the help he needs."

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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