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Early Saturday morning, Des Moines Police officers arrived at a house in the 800 block of Rose Avenue to find a man armed with a gun and wearing a ballistic vest.

A spokesperson with the department said the man also had a homemade explosive device. 

Officers were able to convince the man to drop the gun and surrender into custody. The bomb squad handled the explosive device. 

The spokesperson said the man isn't facing any charges right now and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. 

Read more: ABC 5 (Des Moines)

An armed man was taken into custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff with police forced the United Nations headquarters to go on lockdown in New York City, authorities said. There was no additional threat to the public, they said.

Police responded to a call from within the UN at approximately 10:40 a.m. ET about a man who appeared to be holding a loaded shotgun outside of the building's headquarters in Manhattan, Benjamin Tucker, the fire deputy commissioner, said at a news conference.

At the scene, officers spoke with the man for several hours as he held a shotgun loaded with one round under his chin, according to NYPD Chief Harry Wedin. The man eventually handed over notebooks that he wanted the UN to receive.

Read more: CBS News

An Air Force recruit investigated while undergoing basic training in San Antonio for his alleged participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection has been charged with attacking police, the Express-News reports.

Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, was arrested last week in Raleigh, N.C., and faces charges of assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon, physical violence in a restricted building and civil disorder, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement.

The Cary, N.C. resident entered basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in July and was questioned by the FBI three weeks later about the U.S. Capitol attack, the Express-News reports. He was subsequently ejected from the service, according to the daily.

Bilyard was captured on video shot Jan. 6 at the Capitol discharging a canister of what's believed to be “bear spray,” an irritant rioters used on police officers, according to the Justice Department. Additional footage shows the suspect breaking a window with a bat and entering a Senate room, authorities also allege.

Read more: San Antonio Current

A man accused of striking a police officer on Cape Cod Saturday was also carrying items that could be used to make explosive devices, according to police.

Eastham police went to the Town Center Plaza Parking Lot just before 1 p.m. Saturday to serve a trespass notice to Dorian Firth. The order barred Firth from being on a nearby property.

Police said Firth refused to speak with an officer who tried to de-escalate the situation after Firth appeared to become agitated.

“During this conversation, Mr. Firth became assaultive and struck Officer (Gregory) Plante in the face, producing minor injuries,” police said. “A physical altercation ensued and Officer Plante, with the assistance of a nearby Good Samaritan, and Sergeant Mark Haley who arrived on scene as backup, was able to place Mr. Firth under arrest for the assault on Officer Plante.”

Read more: Mass Live

Maryland State Police say a man, woman and two juveniles are all dead after an attempted traffic stop resulted in a car crash on Ringgold Pike in Washington County, Maryland. All four people in the car had been shot. 

MSP spokesperson Elena Russo said her department became involved when they were notified by Pennsylvania authorities that a car that matched the description of a suspect vehicle was heading towards the Maryland state line. 

Just after crossing into Maryland, Russo said the car drove off the highway, crashing into a fence line. Police say they then surrounded the vehicle and attempted to make contact with the occupants. After no response and seeing a thick layer of smoke in the vehicle, police opened the car to find a female driver, and three backseat passengers, which included two children, all with gunshot wounds. 

The man, woman and one of the children were already dead. The other child was Medivac-ed to a hospital in Hagerstown, where they were pronounced dead.

Read more: WUSA9