A Clearfield man armed with a handgun and threatening suicide held Clearfield Police at bay from his car for three hours Tuesday before a negotiator talked him into surrendering.

Clearfield Police Lt. Steve Hill said the man's wife found several suicide notes Monday evening and notified police. The man's car was spotted at 5:49 a.m. Tuesday near Steed Pond at 10th West, Hill said.When they approached it, the man drove away and was pulled over at 240 W. Eighth North, according to Hill. Officers could see he was armed, Hill said, with what they later determined was a .44-caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Hill said police cordoned off the area and a sergeant trained as a negotiator talked the man into surrendering three hours later. Charges are being held in abeyance on condition the man seek mental health counseling, Hill said.