No charges will be filed against a 72-year-old man who caused a brief standoff at his former Spring Garden Township home last week.
He surrendered peacefully after about a half-hour and was taken to York Hospital for possible mental-health issues.
Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz said that after reviewing last Thursday's incident, his department decided not to file charges.
The man lived in a small home in the 600 block of Richland Avenue that was set to be demolished. A county Area Agency on Aging caseworker had been working with the man for several months to find him a new home, according to the chief.
Part of that process was enlisting the help of the York County SPCA, which agreed to keep the man's three dogs until a new home was found for him, Swartz said.
But when an SPCA official and the agency on aging caseworker went to the man's home about 12:50 p.m. Oct. 18, he became afraid they were taking his dogs for good and threatened them, claiming to have a gun, the chief said.
Police talked him out of his home after about 30 minutes and he was taken to the hospital.
Officers later found, and seized, a shotgun and pistols from the man's former home, Swartz said.
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