College Way Standoff

Police stand outside a house where a man had holed up Tuesday at 2024 Cottage Way.

A roughly six-hour standoff between a suicidal man and Rocky Mount police was resolved peacefully this afternoon.

Police were called to a scene of what was described as a domestic violence situation at about 7:30 a.m. this morning at 2024 Cottage Way, according to a news release issued early this afternoon by Rocky Mount police.

Cottage Way is in the Beth Eden subdivision off Bethlehem Road.

When officers arrived, the caller was outside the home, the news release said. However, the caller’s husband had locked himself inside the home and was threatening to harm himself.

Police negotiators were called to the scene to talk with the husband and spent several hours at the scene. Some roads in the neighborhood were blocked off during this time.

Area residents were notified of the situation, and several were asked to stay away from the home. Police had asked the public to avoid the area if at all possible in the news release. Police also asked for help from the public for information about the situation.


Police sent out an update at about 3:30 p.m. saying the situation had been resolved.

“At approximately 1:30 p.m., the domestic violence investigation concluded peacefully,” Jesse Nunery, interim communications director for the City of Rocky Mount, said in a statement. “The male suspect was taken into custody without incident or injury to the suspect or law enforcement. The family is seeking mental health assistance.”

Trillium Health Resources, the mental health management organization that serves Nash County, offers support services for family situations that are getting out of control.

Integrated Family Services, the mobile crisis team that serves this area of the state, can be reached by calling 1-866-437-1821.

However, Trillium urges anyone experiencing a life-threatening situation to call 911 for emergency assistance as was done in this case.