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Nearly 5-hour standoff ends peacefully in Springettsbury Twp.

Staff report

 

A standoff in a quiet Springettsbury Township neighborhood that forced residents to remain inside for most of the morning ended peacefully around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.

A Springettsbury Township Police officer stands cover from behind a patrol car during a reported standoff in the 300 block of Wynwood Road, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

Township Police Chief Dan Stump said officers were first dispatched to the 300 block of Wynwood Road, near Kingston Road, just before 8 a.m. for a report of a "person in crisis."

The man, who was thought to have several firearms, refused to leave the residence, the chief said.

The county's Quick Response Team was summoned and eventually convinced him to come out of the house.

Springettsbury Township Police, assisted by the York County Quick Response Team, are on the scene of a reported standoff in the 300 block of Wynwood Road, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

Stump said the man was taken to receive help through his crisis.

Residents on the block were told to remain inside during the standoff because the situation involved firearms.

Loud bangs could be heard several times during the incident, and Stump declined to explain them, saying he didn't want to reveal tactics. He said tear gas was used, and the sounds could have been the result of that.

Stump praised the QRT for bringing the standoff to a nonviolent conclusion, saying it was the "perfect ending" to such a situation.