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Northeast Salem standoff ends peacefully

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Police say a Salem man with a history of violent crime and schizophrenia is in custody after threatening to shoot family members and police.

Salem officers said Robert McClain, 38, caused his neighborhood to be locked down for more than four hours Friday.

A lieutenant said the man was armed with a handgun and threatened to shoot them, too,  before he surrendered.

The standoff started just after 10 a.m.

Officers said they could see the man walking inside the house in the 3100 block of Ellis Avenue with a gun in his hand while a negotiator tried to talk him into surrendering.

Police said the man did not prevent his family from leaving the house, but he would not put down the gun and come out.

Authorities summoned the SWAT team and locked down nearby Hoover Elementary School.

Police evacuated some homes and would not allow other neighbors to enter the area. 

"It's frustrating," said neighbor Carla Mayorga. "I haven't had breakfast.  I'm hungry.  I'm cold.  I just want to go home."

Mayorga had taken her second-grader to school. 

But both she and her daughter had to stay where they were until the standoff ended.

The quiet standoff continued until almost 2:30 Friday when the man came out with his hands up.

Salem police say the likely charges against McClain will include menacing and being a felon in possession of a gun.

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