Ambridge man holed up in his home found dead
Published: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, 10:51 p.m.
An Ambridge man who texted suicidal messages and refused to respond to police was found dead inside his Duss Avenue home at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Ambridge police Chief James Mann said.
“This is a tragic ending to this incident,” he said. “The Ambridge police and state police extend their sympathy and condolences to the family.”
Deputy Beaver County Coroner Tim Firich pronounced Robert Burke, 37, dead at the scene after police entered the home and found him on the floor in the living room.
Burke's girlfriend, who was in Cleveland, contacted Ambridge police about 3:10 p.m., saying that he had texted several messages saying that he had a high-powered rifle, was planning to kill himself and would kill any police officers who intervened, Mann said.
Police set up a perimeter and evacuated a two-block area around the home while awaiting special teams from the state police and Beaver County.
Burke didn't respond to police attempts to contact him, including several text messages and at 4:14 p.m., police heard two shots from inside the house, Mann said.
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