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Man allegedly engages police in standoff

By Staff | Jul 16, 2014

WATSONTOWN – A barricaded gunman threatening suicide allegedly engaged police in a standoff at 11 p.m. Thursday, according to Watsontown police.

Watsontown police officers responded to reports of a suicidal man at 701 Main St. along with officers from Milton, Buffalo Valley Regional Police and state police Milton police departments.

The gunman refused to communicate with police and allegedly fired one shot from inside the house at 11:42 p.m.

Police stopped traffic for two blocks on Main Street following the shot.

The man then emerged from his basement and was taken into police custody. He was transported to the Watsontown police station and then to Geisinger Medical Center for an evaluation.

No one was injured during the standoff. Medical personnel from Warrior Run Area Fire Department were on standby in the immediate area during the incident.

During the standoff, the suspect’s daughter and her boyfriend were in the house. The daughter fled the house while her boyfriend was sleeping upstairs. Police were able to take get the boyfriend safely out of the house.