Hearing postponed in police standoff

July 24, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A preliminary hearing originally set for today has been postponed in the case of the Chambersburg man involved in a police standoff last Tuesday that began as a hostage situation.

Police charged Terry L. Brown, 50, of 439 W. Queen St., on July 16 with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

Brown, a truck driver, was released Friday from Franklin County Prison, where he had been held on $35,000 bond.

Chambersburg Police ended the nine-hour standoff after firing tear gas into the West Queen Street home where Terry Brown's estranged wife, Barbara Brown, earlier had been held hostage, police said.


Chambersburg Police Chief Michael DeFrank said he didn't know what it cost the department to have 15 officers, including a 10-member special emergency team, respond to the scene from 7 to 11:45 a.m.

"We consider it the cost of doing the business," he said.

Pennsylvania State Police and fire police also assisted.

Barbara Brown told police her husband was depressed over their pending separation and that he had been at the home since 2 a.m. displaying the rifle and repeatedly threatening violence. She told police she was afraid to leave for fear of what he might do, according to charging documents.

Barbara Brown escaped from the home unharmed at 8:15 a.m. with a rifle when her husband fell asleep, police said.

She told police at the time that her husband had access to a shotgun in the house, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Police fired tear gas into the home at 11:25 a.m. after Terry Brown did not respond to their attempts to make contact by telephone and a bullhorn.

The tear gas drove the unarmed Terry Brown to the front porch where he disregarded verbal commands from police and resisted officers, according to charging documents.

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