Florence police on scene of standoff

FLORENCE, Ala. – Police found themselves in a standoff with a man on Chisholm Road Thursday morning.

According to Florence police, officers responded to the 2300 block of Chisholm Road around 10:30 a.m. on a call about a person in mental distress. Police said they heard a gunshot inside the home when they tried to contact the man.

Police said they had not been able to talk with the man, who is the only person in the home.

Florence’s SWAT team was also on the scene.

People were being asked to avoid the area, which is near the intersection of Chisholm and Mars Hill roads.