Police standoff in Burlington

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BURLINGTON — A 26-year-old man is in custody following a police standoff in Burlington on Monday night.

A caller told police that his roommate, Vincent Ford, had threatened to kill him and requested help.

Police had knowledge of the persons involved owing to prior incidents.

The victim told police that Ford had threatened him, and that he had used pepper spray to defend himself.

The victim told police that Ford was highly intoxicated.

The Burlington Fire Department responded to evaluate parties on scene for injuries.

Police say Ford became aggressive and lunged at them and then assaulted them via bodily fluids.

Police say he made threats against officers and emergency responders and barricaded himself and began destroying property inside the home.

Negotiations lasted for approximately four hours, before the subject stopped communicating with officers.

During the incident, Ford armed himself with two knives and a hammer, making threats to harm the officers on scene.

He also attempted to set fire to curtains that were hanging in the rear windows of the home.

Police say Ford exited a rear window of the residence and stood on the first story roof of the building, still armed with the knives and a hammer at around 12:10 a.m.

He made threats while brandishing a knife.

He jumped from the roof and then began running north, through the backyards of neighboring residences.

Police say they were able to locate him in a nearby backyard.

He continued to resist arrest and refused to obey commands.

Officers used a beanbag shotgun, and took Ford into custody without further incident.

He was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Police transported him to the Northwest State Correctional Facility.

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