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Deputies in Lee grab suicidal man

LEESBURG -- A man threatening suicide with a .22 caliber rifle was subdued after an at least two-hour standoff Sunday in Lee County.

Karl Berry, 44, was grabbed by Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies as he stood in his home's doorway on the 700 block of Graves Springs Road, said Chief Deputy Lewis Harris.

"He (Berry) had put the rifle down near his carport and deputies took the rifle," Harris said. "He then took some steak knives with him to the door. A deputy he knew got him to drop them. He was going back in the house when that deputy and another one grabbed him."

Harris said he and two other deputies ran from their positions behind the house when they heard Berry hit the door.

Berry was taken to Lee County jail and charged with pointing his gun at his wife and his preacher, Harris said. Both had tried to intervene before deputies arrived, but Berry chased them from the home, he added.

The incident started before 2 p.m., Harris said. Berry, apparently upset by financial problems told his wife he would end it, Harris said.

Berry was released from jail Monday on $1,000 bail, a jail spokeswoman said.