NC man arrested in Days Inn standoff

Police had a brief standoff with a man at a motel in WIlson, North Carolina.

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Police had a brief standoff with a man at a motel in WIlson, North Carolina.

A man with an AR-15-style rifle had a brief standoff with police at a North Carolina motel Friday afternoon before he was arrested, police said.

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Michael C. Smith, 31, of Wilson, North Carolina, was taken into custody at the Days Inn in Wilson, The Wilson Times reported..

Officers were called to the motel at 2:10 p.m. after receiving a report of a male subject staying at the hotel who was “acting strange” and armed with an AR-15-style rifle, police spokesman Sgt. Steve Stroud said in a news release.

Negotiators spoke to family members and a woman who was in Smith’s room, the Times reported.

An hour later, a woman was seen driving a tan Lexus from a side parking lot to the front of the motel, the Times reported. Police searched the vehicle and removed a semi-automatic rifle, the newspaper reported.

Stroud said police later made contact with Smith in his room and arrested him without incident, the Times reported.

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