A six-hour standoff ended Friday evening when authorities arrested a man suspected of attempting to rob someone earlier that day.

The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody in a residential neighborhood just west of Casper.

Members of the Natrona County Special Response Team responded just after noon Friday to Sharrock Road after authorities had traced the suspect from the El Rio Road area to a home there. Family members had been home initially, but they left soon after.

Sgt. Aaron Shatto of the sheriff’s office said the suspect fired multiple shots from inside the home, where the man had retreated to the attic.

There was never a hostage situation, Shatto said, and nobody was injured during the incident. The man was transported away from the scene in an ambulance.

“It was certainly tense, for law enforcement and for the suspect, I’m sure,” Shatto said after the man was taken into custody.

After a few hours, authorities could be heard telling someone to give themselves up. Authorities used a loudspeaker to communicate with a man for more than an hour and a half, telling him to come out peacefully so that no one would get hurt.

“Come out with your hands out right now,” someone said over the loudspeaker just before 6 p.m.

A short time later, a reporter heard several popping noises.

Afterward, a reporter heard men yelling at someone to get on the ground. Shatto declined to say whether the man came out of the home voluntarily.

Sharrock Road remained blocked off at about 7 p.m. Friday.

Dozens of law enforcement officials from Casper police, Mills police and the sheriff’s office were at the scene, many of whom wore bullet-proof vests and held rifles. Prosecutors from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office and firefighters from Casper Fire-EMS were also present.

Some neighbors who live on the street were watching from their front lawns. Other poked their heads through their front doors to catch a glimpse of the activity out front. Several cars drove up to the blockade and were turned away.

Follow crime and courts reporter Elise Schmelzer on Twitter @eliseschmelzer

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Features Editor

Elise Schmelzer joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and interning at newspapers around the country. As features editor, she oversees arts and culture coverage and reports stories on a broad variety of topics.

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