Bloomfield standoff ends with two in custody


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A man and woman who engaged Pittsburgh police and SWAT officers in a more than three-hour standoff in Bloomfield Saturday evening were taken to a local hospital for mental health evaluations, said police.

Police Cmdr. RaShall Brackney said Jevin McGil and Cierra Brown, both 24, of Bloomfield, were transported to UPMC Presbyterian after the standoff ended around 8:15 p.m. She said police will pursue involuntary psychiatric commitment and will follow up with criminal charges at a later date.

Cmdr. Brackney said police believe the couple was under the influence of a narcotic.

A SWAT team had been trying to get Ms. Brown out of her apartment, located in the 4300 block of Main Street at Howley Street, using multiple flash bombs, tear gas and other means, since shortly before 5 p.m.

Police were called to the home after receiving calls that Ms. Brown had been seen running down the street wearing only her underwear with blood on her hands just before the standoff began. One witness said he saw the woman running down the street and screaming that a man was trying to kill her.

Cmdr. Brackney said when police entered the house they found the couple hiding under blankets to avoid the effects of tear gas. She said police deployed 29 rounds of tear gas into the house, as well as two rounds inside of the room where the couple was hiding, to no effect. Once inside the room, police also deployed less-lethal rounds of ammunition and Tasers on the suspects in order to get them to surrender.

Ms. Brown surrendered immediately and Mr. McGil was brought into custody after a brief struggle. No one was injured during the incident. Cmdr. Brackney said Ms. Brown sustained self-inflicted injuries some time before the standoff began.

She said Ms. Brown and Mr. McGil will face charges of risking catastrophe and that Mr. McGil will face charges for resisting arrest.

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Deborah M. Todd: dtodd@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1652.


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