Two People In Custody After Overnight Standoff In Wilkinsburg

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WILKINSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Two people are into custody after a nearly five-hour standoff at home in Wilkinsburg.

Officers were called to a single family home in the 700 block of Mifflin Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. A SWAT unit was later called to the scene.

Police say Gerald James Lee III, 26, of Penn Hills, and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Sharajh Washington, were holed up inside the home. They were both taken into custody around 5:45 a.m.

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“The negotiators did a good job of calming him down and finally, he just had to come around to the idea that he was going to go to jail today. After a few hours, he came around to it,” Allegheny County Police Inspector Christopher Kearns said.

Police said an elderly couple lived in the home. The man was able to get out of the house, but the woman was inside during the standoff.

“[Lee] knew the people that were in the home. It was a husband and wife. The husband came out of the house when [Wilkinsburg Police] first came here and the wife remained inside,” Kearns said.

Lee was wanted on multiple arrest warrants, including one stemming from an incident Tuesday where Lee allegedly shot up his ex-girlfriend’s home in Duquesne. Washington was also wanted in connection with that shooting.

“He was wanted on three outstanding warrants – a bench warrant from the sheriff’s office for probation violation, an outstanding warrant from City of Pittsburgh for terroristic threats and a warrant from last night for firing a firearm into an occupied structure,” Kearns said.

Lee faces felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and carrying a firearm without a license, along with several misdemeanor charges.

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