1 In Custody After Westmoreland Co. Standoff
LAURELVILLE (KDKA) – A Westmoreland County standoff that lasted nearly 11 hours ended peacefully Wednesday morning.
Authorities surrounded a home on Mennonite Camp Road in Laurelville around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. A man inside was taken into custody around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
State police said they received calls from the family of the man who lives in the home. He was allegedly threatening to hurt himself and he was armed.
Within minutes, the quite little part of Westmoreland County was anything but.
“We turned on the porch light, the dog was barking and the police informed us to please turn off the light. That they were monitoring a situation,” one woman said.
“Do not leave, we have a house next door surrounded. There’s actually someone inside with a gun,” Don Sherbondy said.
With all access to the scene cut off by road blocks, SWAT team members waited for the individual to come out.
The quite of the standoff was broken by the occasional sound of a loud speaker.
“About 11 o’clock we heard a bull horn last night, where they were trying to coax the gentleman out of the house,” Mary Beth Stouffer said.
Shortly after day break, the man, who police are not identifying, said he wasn’t coming out and the troopers weren’t coming in.
Eventually, the pop of gas grenades could be heard as they crashed through the home’s front window. The standoff ended shortly afterward.
“We did hear popping noises and we did see the gentleman come out on the porch and the SWAT team come in from behind and take him down,” Stouffer said.
The man was taken in for a mental evaluation and he faces no criminal charges.
“Glad it’s over, peacefully,” Sherbondy said.
Neighbors said the man was every private, but was believed to have had several medical issues.