Lower Burrell standoff ends peacefully after nearly 8 hours

| Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

A Thanksgiving day standoff in Lower Burrell ended peacefully after a man surrendered to police.

Lower Burrell Police Chief Tim Weitzel said nobody was injured in the incident, which lasted nearly eight hours.

Michael Hubert, 37, of the 3400 block of Waugaman Drive walked out of his house and surrendered around 9:30 a.m.

Weitzel said it began at 1:46 a.m. when police were called by Hubert's girlfriend, who was not identified.

“The call was dispatched as an assault in progress,” Weitzel said. “While we were responding it was updated as a shot fired inside the house.”

Lower Burrell officers arrived on scene at 1:49 a.m. and were joined by officers from Allegheny Township, Upper Burrell and Arnold, he said.

”They tried to contact the suspect multiple times by phone and could not get him to respond,” Weitzel said.

Weitzel confirmed that Hubert was arrested recently in an incident involving a gun.

“It was probably about 8 to 10 days ago where the suspect, Michael Hubert, had fired several shots from his porch into the neighborhood,” Weitzel said.

The police chief said that Nov. 4 incident ended in a physical confrontation when Hubert became combative with police. He was charged with reckless endangerment and four counts of disorderly conduct.

Weitzel said a semi-automatic handgun was taken from Hubert then and Hubert's girlfriend told police there were more weapons inside the house.

“We had reports that he had scoped rifles in there, and that‘s hard to compete with.” Weitzel said.

Weitzel said when it became apparent that Thursday's situation was heading into a prolonged standoff, he contacted the Pennsylvania State Police's Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) at 2:25 a.m. Troopers who make up that team are trained for such situations.

Weitzel said after the SERT team arrived they persuaded Hubert to surrender peacefully.

A domestic dispute triggered the standoff, Weitzel said. Hubert was taken to the New Kensington city jail where he was held pending arraignment before District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec on charges of simple assault, harassment and recklessly endangering another person.

Weitzel said additional charges may be filed pending a search of Hubert's residence. He said police were in the process of obtaining a search warrant late Thursday morning.

Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or tyerace@tribweb.com.

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