Shots fired but no injuries in armed standoff in Ferguson Township

From CDT staff reportsDecember 31, 2013 

— A man who had threatened to kill himself and prompted what turned out to be a seven-hour standoff with police was taken into custody early Tuesday.

The man, who was not identified, had barricaded himself inside a house on the 1100 block of Circleville Road from about 10:30 p.m. until he surrendered sometime between 5 and 6 a.m., Ferguson Township Sgt. Robert Glenny said. No charges have been filed so far, and the man is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

Glenny said no one was injured during the standoff.

The standoff was the result of an argument between the man, who was drunk, and his family, Glenny said. The man had threatened to kill himself and anyone who got involved, and the family fled from the house.

The family told police they heard gunshots from inside the house, and they called police, Glenny said.

Police surrounded the house, and an officer phoned the man, but he refused to come out, Glenny said. The man eventually surrendered, and he was taken into custody.

During the standoff, Circleville Road was closed between Blue Course Drive and Park Hills Avenue.

Officers from State College, Patton Township, Spring Township and Penn State assisted Ferguson Township police at the scene.

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