Fugitive arrested after standoff with police in Beaver County

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A Beaver County man has been arrested after a standoff in New Galilee this morning.

County sheriff's deputies had been searching for Christopher Little, 25, of New Galilee, since February, Chief Jay Alstadt said.

Online court records show Mr. Little was wanted on charges of resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding and recklessly endangering another person. Details of those cases were not immediately available.

Chief Alstadt said the sheriff's office received a tip Wednesday night that Mr. Little might be staying at a house on Washington Avenue and that he "may be armed and dangerous because he had made some statements that he wasn't going to let any policemen take him."

When officials arrived at the house around 10 a.m. today, Mr. Little attempted to jump out a second story window onto the front porch but went back inside when he saw deputies in the yard, the chief said. Next, Mr. Little tried to push out a window air conditioning unit and climb out, the chief said, but Mr. Little retreated when he saw deputies.

Chief Alstadt said Mr. Little "barricaded himself in the upstairs" and three other people who were inside at the time left unharmed. The county's equivalent of a SWAT team was called, and an officer reached him by cell phone to negotiate, the chief said.

He said the stand-off ended about 12:30 p.m. and investigators then took Mr. Little to the Beaver County Jail.

Koppel police also assisted.

First Published July 3, 2014 12:00 AM


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