PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Rhode Island man is facing charges after allegedly threatening two women with a gun and then holding police at bay during an overnight standoff.

Police say an intoxicated James Lawrence threatened his girlfriend and a 46-year-old neighbor with a loaded gun on Sunday night.

Portsmouth police attempted to make contact with the 39-year-old Lawrence but he refused to answer the door and turned off all of the lights in the home.

He surrendered peacefully at about 6:30 a.m. Monday after talking to negotiators.

He was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon and faces arraignment Monday. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.

Police blocked off area roads during the standoff but they have since reopened.

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