LARIMER (KDKA) – A SWAT situation in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh came to a peaceful end Tuesday morning with the suspect being taken into custody.
According to officials at the scene, the SWAT team was called to a home in the 100-block of Auburn Street around 3:30 a.m.
When the flash bang didn’t work, Pittsburgh SWAT began firing tear gas into the home.
Over a dozen rounds of tear gas were sent into the home and just before 6 a.m., 23-year-old Timothy Binion finally surrendered.
“The gas was used and it deprived him of comfort and he came out,” Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Sgt. Charles Henderson said.
Pittsburgh Police said there was an active warrant for Binion for failure to show at trial for felony drug charges. When police arrived at a friend’s home to pick Binion up, he refused to come out.
“We had information that he was in a bedroom on the second floor and that firearms were available. We went in and we came to an impasse where it was no longer safe for the uniformed officers to proceed so we called the SWAT team,” Henderson said.
“I just sat in the house and prayed that he would surrender,” Deborah Jones, a neighbor said,.
Neighbors, like Jones, were not evacuated during the ordeal, which lasted several hours. However, they were startled by all the noise made during the attempt to get Binion to surrender.
“I woke up with the first flash bang and it scared me. And of course I had to get up and the police told me to go back into the house,” Jones said. “Of course, we’re afraid. It’s a very volatile neighborhood.”
Binion was headed to the Allegheny County Jail after being treated at an area hospital for injuries police said he received while being taken into custody.