EDGEWOOD (KDKA) — Authorities took one man into custody early this morning ending a lengthy standoff that sent police officers and the SWAT team to Edgewood overnight.
The incident started around 12:30 a.m. along Gordon Street.
According to police, authorities were alerted to the barricaded man’s reported attempts to take his own life by his father.
Police said that 29-year-old Jessie Matieer made no direct contact with police throughout the ordeal; instead, only texted his father saying to tell police to leave.
Officials say they recovered a bow and arrow from the home.
“We knew that, according to his father, the only weapon he had access to was a bow and arrow, but his father was not able to tell us whether or not he had access to any other type of weapons,” said Chief Robert Payne, of the Edgewood Police Department. “The father said he always showed interest in guns, so again, we have to take the high road on these issues and assume he is armed.”
The situation came to an end around 4:30 a.m. when police were able to get inside the home.
“They ended up having to use pepper spray to try to drive him into one location. They were able to use the pepper spray to get him into that living room area,” said Chief Payne. “When they reached the door, they found him sitting on the couch and that’s when they took him into custody. He said nothing.”
Matieer was taken to Western Psych to undergo a mental evaluation. It remains unclear if charges will be filed in the incident.
Police say no one living in the neighborhood had to be evacuated during the ordeal, but much of the neighborhood was blocked off by police cars.