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Forward Township hostage situation diffused

A Forward Township man was taken into police custody after he allegedly barricaded himself in his home with a firearm and threatened family members.

Robert Klimkos, 50, was apprehended by police early Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly threatened two sisters who live with him in a residence in the 2700 block of Pangburn Hollow Road with a loaded shotgun.

"He was threatening to kill everyone in the house and everyone who comes to the house," said Forward Township police Sgt. Glenn Fine, who was among the officers responding to the call. Fine said Klimkos had cut phone lines in the home and had attempted to choke one of his sisters.

The sisters were able to flee from Klimkos to the home of a neighbor.

Forward Township and Elizabeth police formed a perimeter around the home and ordered Klimkos out.

Klimkos exited the house without the weapon and sat down on a yard swing where police then took him into custody.

The Allegheny County SWAT Team had been called about the incident but the call was canceled after the standoff ended.

The loaded shotgun Klimkos is alleged to have used was located in the home as were several other unloaded rifles and shotguns, Fine said.

Klimkos was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for evaluation. Fine said criminal charges against Klimkos are pending.

"Fortunately he came out and didn't do anything with the shotgun," Fine said.

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