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Oakmont standoff ends peacefully

| Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 6:58 a.m.
Dan Speicher
Police from Oakmont other local departments and an Allegheny County SWAT team take the suspect into custody at a home on California Avenue on Feb. 26, 2014.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
Oakmont Police, along with Harmar Township police, and local SWAT Teams, respond to a call in a home on California Ave, between 1st and 2nd Street late Wednesday evening, Feb. 26, 2014. The suspect was taken into custody after surrendering to police.

A police standoff in Oakmont ended peacefully shortly after midnight today.

Officials said police surrounded a duplex at 121 California Ave. after a man involved in a domestic dispute would not open the door when police arrived about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Oakmont Police Chief David DiSanti Sr., he shouted profanities and told them that if they didn't leave “a war would be on.”

That prompted police from at least four local departments and an Allegheny County SWAT team, including a sniper, to respond. Four neighboring homes were evacuated.

A few minutes after midnight, the man walked out of the house with his hands above his head. At least two infrared beams, apparently from police guns, could be seen pointed at his chest.

DiSanti would not identify the suspect minutes after the standoff ended. He said the man is in his 40s and is believed to be a military veteran.

Police say the man was not armed.

DiSanti said the man has been staying with a cousin, a woman who owns the residence. The chief said the ordeal started when she came out of the house and said she was in danger before going back in.

Oakmont Mayor Robert Fescemyer said a next-door neighbor heard the plea and called 911.

DiSanti said police spoke to the man during the standoff, in which he reported “having problems.”

The chief said the man will be evaluated in order to “get him the help he needs.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer and Braden Ashe are writers for Trib Total Media.

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