18-hour siege at Washington County home ends

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An 18-hour siege by an armed man who barricaded himself in a Washington County home Friday afternoon ended shortly before 11 a.m. today when he was taken into custody by a state police SWAT team.

KDKA-TV is reporting that the suspect in the domestic incident in Ellsworth was the former boyfriend of a woman who lived there. The woman, her boyfriend and her daughter were able to escape at some point, KDKA said. Additionally, the new boyfriend slightly wounded the suspect with a gunshot but more specific details weren't immediately available.

State police SWAT officers had blocked off Oak Street and two other streets in Ellsworth and neighbors have not been allowed back into their homes, KDKA-TV reported.

Police were called around 4:30 p.m. Friday after what 911 describes as a domestic situation. Hours later, more and more police and SWAT units arrived at the scene.

Students at a nearby school were evacuated by police escort earlier in the day. They were taken to a nearby restaurant where their parents could pick them up.

Fire Chief Craig Pysh of the Ellsworth Volunteer Fire Department, said of the police presence: “It’s something that in 19 years of being in the fire department that I’ve never seen in Ellsworth.”

First Published February 15, 2014 12:19 AM


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