Gunman Barricades Himself Inside House: Cops

A man is in custody after a barricade situation in the Mayfair section of the city.

By David Chang
|  Sunday, Oct 14, 2012  |  Updated 7:00 AM EDT
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Gunman Barricades Himself Inside House: Cops

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Police say the suspect went inside a home with several people and a dog inside, leading to a hostage situation that lasted over three hours.

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A man is in custody after a barricade situation in the Mayfair section of the city.

It began last night around 10:30 p.m. when police officers received a call about a man with a gun firing shots at Torresdale Avenue and Vista Street.

When officers arrived they say they found a 26-year-old man matching the description of the suspect. The officers tried to stop him but he walked away and then ran into a nearby house, according to investigators.

As the suspect went towards the house, police say a gun dropped from his waistband. He then went inside the home while several people and a large dog were inside, leading to a hostage situation that lasted over three hours, according to police.

“The officers made a very wise decision to declare a barricaded situation,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan.  “They secured the house front and back and called for hostage negotiators and members of the SWAT Unit. After lengthy negotiations in which we were aided by the subject’s father, he did peacefully surrender.”

Police took the suspect into custody. They have not yet released his identity. No one inside the home  was hurt.
 

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