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Police incident that closed I-83 exit ends

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A police standoff in Spring Garden Township Wednesday, Jan. 31, ended without incident, police say.

Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz said there were no injuries in the incident, which involved an armed, barricaded subject, according to a news release.

The subject is being taken to York Hospital for evaluation, he said.

The incident was first reported around 1:20 p.m., when the 911 WebCad noted that fire police and an ambulance had been sent to the area around the first block of South Belmont Street. 

Spring Garden Twp. Police blocked off a portion of South Belmont Street on Jan. 31, 2018, for a police incident.
(John A. Pavoncello photo)

Swartz had said officers were trying to establish communication with the barricaded subject.

The York County Quick Response Team deployed a noise diversionary device at the scene at about 6:30 p.m., a second release states.

According to the release, police said there was no threat to the community.

The first block of South Belmont Street, the 300 block of Elmwood Boulevard and the Market Street exit (Exit 19A) of Interstate 83 southbound, which had been closed for several hours, reopened after 8 p.m.

Township police had closed the roads, asking drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area. Residents of the 300 block of Elmwood Boulevard were advised to shelter in place, according to a news release.

South Belmont Street is the street that vehicles exit onto from the Market Street exit (Exit 19A) of Interstate 83 southbound.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.