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Broward Man Baker Acted After Waving Gun at Drivers, SWAT Team

A Broward County man faces questions about his mental status, after using a weapon to scare a neighborhood and members of a SWAT Team.

According to the police report, 25-year-old Merville Vaughn Jr. has been Baker Acted for allegedly waving a gun at people driving by and then starting a standoff with law enforcement.

The SWAT officers arrived just before noon Wednesday at a home located on NW 7th Street in Fort Lauderdale, where Vaughn was armed and hiding inside.

They announced to him via loud speaker, “We’re not going away. We’ll be here as long as you want to be here.”

Neighbors joined officials in trying to convince him to surrender, which he eventually did.

Police told Miami television station WFOR that Vaughn was also wearing a bulletproof vest.

Vaughn was taken into custody before being admitted to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation under the Baker Act.

Criminal charges against him are pending, and no one was injured during the tense standoff.