A distraught man sparked a standoff with police that caused a school to delay the start of its day.

Mt. Morris City Police received a call at around 6:11 a.m. asking for a welfare check at a home in the 11000 block of Highland Street, across from Montague Elementary.

Police said a 29-year-old man was in the home and told police he was not coming out. He also said he had an AK 47 and would commit “suicide by cop”, according to Mt. Morris City Police Chief Keith Becker.

Becker said the man was distraught over relationship and financial issues.

Police observed him, and when they did not see weapons, the decision was made to go into the house at around 7:25 a.m., and take him into custody.

The man had weapons in the home, but they were locked in a gun case, according to Becker. The police chief also said the man had been drinking and was taken to the hospital.

No one was hurt.

The incident caused Montague Elementary, part of Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, to have a later start.

“For the safety of our students, a decision was made to delay the start time for Montague students and to place the middle school and high school in secure mode,” Superintendent Renae L. Galsterer said in a letter to parents on the district’s Facebook page.

By 7:45 a.m. the district received a notice from police saying the person had been apprehended. However, since the school delay was already posted, Galsterer decided not to reverse the decision.

Classes start at 10:45 a.m. for Montague Elementary. Latchkey was also canceled.

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