Chief: Domestic situation led to church roof standoff

Staff report
York City Police block off the 900 block of West Poplar Street in York City, Saturday, July 15, 2017. Witnesses say a man ran into 913 Poplar Street and climbed across the roof to West Poplar Street Church of God at 915 West Poplar Street. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City Police took a man into custody about an hour after he ran from officers and climbed onto a church roof Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses say officers were chasing the man in the 900 block of West Poplar Street before 6 p.m. The man ran into a building and onto the roof of the West Poplar Street Church of God.

Two officers could be seen talking to a man in a blue sleeveless shirt as he sat on the roof's edge. One of the officers appeared to be pointing a weapon at him from behind a police shield.

Officers on the street — the block was closed to pedestrians and traffic during the incident — could be seen crouched behind parked cars while people gathered further down the street.

About 6:50 p.m., the man walked toward the officers on the roof until he could not be seen from the street. Officers soon escorted him out of the back door of the church and put him in a police cruiser.

On Tuesday, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said in a text that the incident was a domestic situation.

"The most important thing to us was making sure everyone was safe and dealt with in a respectful manner," he wrote.

— Staff reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.