MASON CITY | A three-hour standoff ended Thursday evening in downtown Mason City.

At about 6 p.m., Mason City Police were dispatched to City Center Apartments on the report of a disturbance.

Officers arrived and were met by a female who sustained minor injuries in an altercation.

Mark Edward Torres, 44, of Mason City, remained in the apartment and refused to exit, according to police.

Torres told police he was armed with a gun and threatened to use the firearm.

Police were seen carrying rifles and wearing protective gear as they entered the building at 5 North Federal Avenue. 

Officers worked to evacuate parts of the multi-level building.

According to a press release, officers communicated with Torres for approximately 3 hours attempting to negotiate a peaceful surrender.

At 9:03 p.m., police say Torres finally exited the apartment and was taken into custody.

Torres was seen talking with police and smoking a cigarette while being wheeled to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher.

Torres was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

A search warrant was conducted at the residence following the incident. The investigation is still open and charges are pending.

The Mason Police were assisted by Mason City Fire and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's office. 


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