Garnet Valley

Police Arrest Barricaded Suspect Who They Say Fired at Officers in Delco

A man is arrested after a tense overnight standoff in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania

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An armed man sporadically fired at officers during a tense hourslong standoff in Delaware County, the district attorney says. The incident ended with the man in custody and no officer hurt.

Police converged on a home on South Garnet Mine Road in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, Sunday night due to a report of shots being fired.

The incident actually began around 1 a.m. Sunday when a neighbor found a bullet lodged in her house and called police, Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland said at an early Monday morning news conference.

By 6 p.m., investigators determined the shot had come from a neighbor's home, Copeland said. Another shot then went off around 6:40 p.m., leading Bethel Township Police to speak to a man who lives nearby.

When officers approached the home where Terrance Zanchuck lives, the 46-year-old told the officers to get off his property, Copeland said. He retreated into his home then threatened to kill the officers, she said.

The officers took cover behind their patrol cars and then heard a gunshot, Copeland said.

A shelter in place was put in place as a standoff ensued, Copeland said.

About 20 minutes later, police observed Zanchuck firing at them, Copeland said.

Officers at one point saw the man standing on his porch armed with a rifle, Copeland said. He fired shots and then returned inside.

During the night, four to six gunshots were fired, some striking police cars, Copeland said. No police officers were struck by gunfire.

Police shut off power to some of the neighborhood in an attempt to get the armed man to peacefully surrender, Copeland said.

PECO reported a power outage in the area impacting 86 customers.

Police brought in an armored vehicle to get the officers safely away from the scene.

Just after 2 a.m., police took Zanchuck into custody after stepping out onto his porch, Copeland said.

He was taken into custody and treated for unknown injuries. He was not shot by police, Copeland said.

"We wish to thank our Bethel Township police officers who demonstrated get strength and prowess," Copeland said.

Residents were told to shelter in place and a shelter was opened at the Bethel Fire House for those who could not get back to their homes. The order was lifted after the suspect gave up.

Zanchuck is not legally permitted to own a gun, Copeland said. He also has a history of drug usage, which could have played a role in his actions, she said.

It is not known if Zanchuck has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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