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46-year-old Zachary Nokes is in Quincy Police custody and awaiting charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, but the incident is still the talk of the neighborhood.

In a Quincy neighborhood Friday morning officers were in a standoff with a man armed with a shotgun near at 2043 Maple Street.

Quincy Police and the Adams County Sheriffs Deputies were called here at 9 A.M. to reports of a suicidal man that had pointed a shotgun at someone.

Residents said that's when a surreal scene unfolded there.

"I just saw the police a lot, running up and down the road, and things like that going in and out of the house, I thought 'what in the world is going on?," said Anita Mulch who watched it all unfold across the street from her window.

"I was shocked, I couldn't believe something like this in this small area would even happen," said Mulch.

Quincy Police said they got the situation under control relatively quickly, with Nokes surrendering to police around 11:15 A.M..

"Once we made sure everyone was okay, we began looking for the suspect initially didn't believe him to be at the residence, however that did change and he was determined to be there, still armed with the shotgun," said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley.

Copley said that's when the hour-long stand-off began, he said while emergency response negotiators were called to the scene, police ended up handling the situation themselves, getting Nokes to hand over the shotgun and give up.

"Initially it was a domestic situation , probably the best thing I could tell you at that point is it was a domestic situation that turned out bad," said Copley.

For neighbors like Mulch, she's just glad no one was hurt.

"I was afraid that something would be bad, but luckily it turned out good," Mulch.

Quincy Police said Nokes was also a person of interest in a case being investigated by the Adams County Sheriff's Office overnight. WGEM hasn't heard back from them yet on the nature of that case.

Quincy Police said situations like these aren't too uncommon, with one to two similar incidents happening every year.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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