MARSHALL-SHADELAND (KDKA) – A standoff situation in a North Side neighborhood ended peacefully Monday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the standoff happened at a home on Shadeland Avenue in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood.
The SWAT team was called around 4:30 a.m. after a man barricaded himself inside the home. It is believed he had weapons in the home as well.
Eventually, flash bangs and tear gas were deployed and the man came out of the home just after 6:30 a.m.
The suspect, Andre Johnson, walked out of the home he shares with his girlfriend with his hands on his head and with laser sight on his back.
“He insisted on waiting until the windows got broken and the gas was thrown into the house, then finally decided he would give up and come out of the house,” Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Kathy Degler said.
SWAT surrounded the home around 4:30 a.m. According to police, he had threatened his girlfriend with a gun at her relative’s house on Brighton Road earlier in the evening.
“She had told responding officers that he had pointed a gun at her and right now they’re looking for that gun,” Cmdr. Degler said.
This isn’t the first time SWAT and police have been called to the home in recent months. On Sept. 7, police were looking for two robbery suspects.
A woman, believed to be Johnson’s girlfriend, was taken into custody and was believed to be in the getaway car from that alleged robbery.
She was later released and KDKA-TV has learned someone shot her weeks later. She did survive the incident.
Her name is not being released at this time because she is a witness to her own shooting.
Police were glad things ended peacefully today.
“Luckily, everything went smoothly. Could have been a little smoother, if he would have just given up and come out and talked with us early on, but nonetheless, we were planning to get him out of the house, one way or another,” Cmdr Degler said.
Police said Johnson will be facing charges related to the domestic incident from overnight.