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Pa. standoff detours traffic before man leaves house

January 14, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A standoff between a 37-year-old man and Pennsylvania State Police caused traffic to be detoured off U.S. 30 for several hours Saturday morning before the man left his house voluntarily.

"Everything was resolved peacefully," Sgt. Gary Carter said of the incident, which began about 5:30 a.m. at 205 Guilford Drive in the North Guilford Hills development east of Chambersburg.

The man left the house about 11:30 a.m. and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for evaluation, Carter said.

Police said they were notified by mental health officials that the man possibly was suicidal. Carter said a state police Special Emergency Response Team was called in, and the area was cordoned off about 7:30 a.m.

The SERT team included about 20 tactical members and five to seven negotiators, Carter said. Negotiators established communications with the man by telephone, he said.

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There were no other people in the house, and no one was injured, Carter said.

Traffic on U.S. 30 was stopped in the area of the incident and diverted onto roads north and south of the highway, Carter said.

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