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Claremont Man Arrested After Standoff With Police

A 25-year-old Claremont man was arrested after a brief yet tense standoff Wednesday afternoon in which officers were told the man was unstable, and had a rifle pointed in their direction.

According to police, officers responded to a call shortly before 11 a.m. about a man who was repeatedly knocking at the door of a residence on Westside Avenue.

Officers were unable to locate the man, who had been identified as 25-year-old Matthew Baran, and went to his home on nearby Westwood Avenue to try and locate him. Upon arrival, officers were alerted that Baran had allegedly called 911 from his home accusing the police of trying to kill him, and later called back claiming he had a rifle pointed in their direction.

Police say officers then established a perimeter and communicated with Baran before a family member was finally able to confirm that there were no firearms in the home. Baran was arrested shortly before 12:30 p.m., and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

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