A distraught man held police at bay in East Redding for several hours Wednesday. A little before 2 O’clock officers were sent to an apartment complex on Bramble Place off Victor on reports that a man was threatening to burn the building down. Neighbors were evacuated as police spent hours negotiating. At at least one point he reportedly said he would force the police to shoot him. When he said he had hurt himself, police allowed some friends to go inside his apartment, where they apparently discovered that he had cut at least one wrist. He was transported to a hospital to be treated for his injuries and for a mental health evaluation.