ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — A SWAT situation in Aliquippa ended peacefully Sunday afternoon as a man was taken into custody.
The incident started just after 6:30 a.m. at a home in the 200-block of 5th Avenue.
According to David Lozier, the district attorney for Beaver County, officers were called to the scene for a domestic dispute.
At the scene, officers found 28-year-old Richard Jackson, of Aliquippa. Jackson was intoxicated, and Lozier says he was threatening family members and threatened officers once they arrived on the scene. Jackson claimed he had a gun, although a gun was not seen.
Officers then took the family members out of the house. Once they were out, Jackson barricaded himself inside.
Lozier says officers tried to communicate with Jackson and get him to come out and surrender for several hours. Around noon, officers sent a robot into the house and were able to see that Jackson was sleeping on a couch in the living room.
They then sent a tactical team into the house with tear gas. Jackson surrendered peacefully in the house and was taken into custody.
“Some things escalated between family, and it kind of got overboard,” Aliquippa Mayor Dwan B. Walker said. “And I think at the end of the day, he’s handcuffed and going to jail, getting some help because nobody wants anybody to die.”
Jackson is facing charges of disorderly conduct and several counts of terroristic threats.
“That wasn’t a bad guy. He just was hurt,” Walker added. “And in my opinion, that’s what I think he needs. Hurt people need help, and he needed help.”