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Man in custody after standoff with law enforcement in Burke County

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BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A man officials say was wanted in at least two counties was taken into custody Tuesday after locking himself in his home, prompting a standoff with federal agents.

Authorities say 32-year-old Randy Bivens was wanted on outstanding warrants for assault in Burke County, and drug charges in Catawba County. He was taken into custody around 10:15 p.m.

Bivens shut himself in his home on Icard Church of God Road early Tuesday afternoon. Officials said they believed he was armed.

"We had received word that Bivens had threatened to kill multiple people including law enforcement and that he was likely armed," ALE assistant special agent in charge Bryan House explained.

"When this suspect with a history of assaultive behavior refused to come out and would not communicate with anyone, we knew we had to do all we could to get him into custody and to do so as peacefully as possible."

Agents closed exit 116 off of Hwy 40, onto Icard Church of God Road around 5 p.m.

More than two dozen agents were gathered around the mobile home and fired several canisters of tear gas into the home. Bivens, however, did not come out.

Power and water to the trailer were also cut off in an effort to get Bivens outside, officials told WBTV.

Around 8:30 p.m. authorities sent a robot into the home just before witnesses reported hearing a loud bang.

"In light of the pending charges and growing intelligence of his continued criminal activity, we had recently moved Bivens to our 'Most Wanted' list," Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisnant stated. "The teamwork at the scene is another example of law enforcement and other agencies combining resources in removing dangerous criminals off our streets."   
 
Bivens had multiple outstanding warrants - assault by strangulation, assault by pointing a gun, two counts of communicating threats, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of resisting public officer, two counts of driving while license revoked, reckless driving, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and displaying a fictitious tag.
 
For the charges of assault by strangulation, assault by pointing a gun, and communicating threats, he is being held at the Burke-Catawba Jail under no bond.  For the remaining charges, he was given a $62,500 secured bond. 
 
During a search of the residence, two Colt .45 pistols were found. One of those had been reported stolen.

In addition, ALE seized a pipe containing methamphetamine residue, digital scales and ammunition from Bivens.

As a result, ALE is seeking additional charges on Bivens for possession of firearm by felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
More felony charges from other state and local agencies are expected.

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