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Chambersburg man in custody after seven-hour standoff

October 23, 2009

SCOTLAND, Pa. -- A Chambersburg, Pa., man who claimed he was armed and refused to leave his recreational vehicle surrendered Thursday night following a seven-hour standoff, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

David C. Beam, 52, of 875A Limestone Drive, was charged with aggravated assault and risking a catastrophe. He was taken to Franklin County Jail, troopers said.

The incident began at 4 p.m., when Beam stopped his RV in the 3600 block of Main Street in Scotland, west of the intersection with Pa. 997, troopers said.

A vehicle fire was reported, but the blaze was extinguished before firefighters and police reached the scene, troopers said.

Beam threatened the fire and police personnel, claiming he had a weapon, troopers said.

State police from the Chambersburg barrack secured the area while members of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) were called in, troopers said.

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Police were unable to talk Beam out of leaving the RV until SERT deployed gas into the vehicle about 11 p.m. Beam then came out of the RV and was taken into custody, troopers said.

No one was injured, troopers said.


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