Arrest made in Perry South standoff

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Pittsburgh police have arrested and charged the man they said is responsible for a SWAT standoff that began early this morning in Perry South, according to a police press release.

Matthew Medley, 29, has been charged with simple assault, unlawful restraint and marijuana possession after he refused to let his girlfriend, Heidi Ekas, 25, leave a house in the 2800 block of Veterans Street.

When police responded to a report of a domestic dispute involving a firearm shortly before 3 a.m., a friend of Ms. Ekas told police that Mr. Medley hit Ms. Ekas in the face, according to the release.

Officers spoke to someone through the front door of the house and heard the sound of a shotgun being racked. They then cleared the front area of the residence and Ms. Ekas walked out on the porch. Officers told her to walk toward them, but then a man appeared in the doorway and pulled her back into the residence.

Police supervisors arrived and called in SWAT officers. After several requests by SWAT, Ms. Ekas was permitted to leave. By 4:36 a.m., all three men in the house surrendered. Only Mr. Medley was charged, according to the release.

Ms. Ekas was arrested for marijuana possession and Mr. Medley was transported to Allegheny County Jail.

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