Chief: Mount Wolf standoff ended peacefully, man hospitalized
About a four-hour standoff Sunday night in Mount Wolf ended peacefully when a suicidal man was taken to York Hospital for help, Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said.
It started shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South Main Street.
An officer responded to a home there after learning a 48-year-old man who lives in the block was suicidal, according to the chief. One of the man's family members, who was at a different location, called 911 to report a suicidal subject, the chief said.
The man refused to let the officer inside and threatened to shoot police officers if they tried to get inside his home, according to Rizzo.
The York County Quick Response Team, a SWAT-type unit, was called to assist, and roads in the area were temporarily closed, the chief said.
"Georgia Pacific (Corp.) is right next door, and we asked them not to let any employees out during the incident," Rizzo said.
Door forced open: QRT personnel used a device on the team's armored vehicle to force open the man's door, the chief said, at which point the man simply allowed himself to be hospitalized.
The man, who hadn't harmed himself, had no firearms inside his home, Rizzo said.
Roads were reopened and the scene was cleared about 1 a.m., according to the chief, who said the man is going through personal issues that likely factored into the standoff.
He will not be criminally charged, Rizzo said.
Assisting Northeastern Regional Police at the scene were Eagle Fire Co. firefighters and Newberry Township Police, he said.
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