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Squirrel Hill standoff ends peacefully

A standoff this morning between Pittsburgh police and a man being evicted from a Squirrel Hill apartment building ended peacefully.

The man, 50, surrendered about 11:20 a.m. Paramedics took him to UPMC Mercy, Uptown, for a mental-health evaluation, said police Cmdr. Kathy Degler.

SWAT team members went to the apartment building in the 2800-block of Murray Avenue about 9 a.m. Constables used a Taser on the man after he fought with them as they attempted to serve an eviction notice. Police said the unidentified man wielded a 6-inch knife and backed the constables out of his sixth-floor apartment at Murray Towers before barricading himself inside.

Police temporarily shut down Murray Avenue in front of the building during the roughly two-hour stand-off. SWAT members used tear gas and took the apartment door off its hinges before the man gave up, Degler said.

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