Police in St. John's charged a man with first-degree murder on Saturday following an armed standoff and a slaying on a quiet street.

Trevor Pardy, 34, was charged and held for a psychiatric assessment in a St. John's hospital. His case is expected to be called again in provincial court on Monday.

Pardy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman, 30, who was found lying on Boggy Hall Place around 1 a.m. NT Saturday.

The woman died after being rushed to hospital.

Police were called after neighbours reported hearing gunshots on the street, a quiet cul-de-sac near Topsail Road in the city's west end.

Police are not commenting on what caused the woman's death, or on her relationship with Pardy.

The force, however, noted that a firearm was recovered at the end of a four-hour standoff. The RNC's tactics and rescue unit took the man into custody around 5:30 a.m. without incident, police said.

During the standoff, residents of several neighbouring homes were evacuated.

The police had closed Topsail Road from Columbus Drive to Colville Street during the standoff. A smaller section of the busy thoroughfare remained closed later while officers collected evidence.