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Valley News Dispatch

Man in custody after standoff in Harmar

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 7:36 p.m.
Police remain behind their cars in front of an outpatient medical center in Harmar on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 2018, after receiving reports of a man with a gun in the building.
Police remain behind their cars in front of an outpatient medical center in Harmar on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 2018, after receiving reports of a man with a gun in the building.
The Allegheny County SWAT team arrives in Harmar on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, for reports of a man with a gun inside an outpatient medical center off Route 910.
The Allegheny County SWAT team arrives in Harmar on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, for reports of a man with a gun inside an outpatient medical center off Route 910.

Police say a 43-year-old man is getting a mental health evaluation after a brief standoff at an outpatient medical center in Harmar.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Police were called shortly after 6 p.m. for reports of a man with a gun in the UPMC St. Margaret outpatient center off Freeport Road.

Harmar police Chief Jason Domaratz said the man didn’t have a gun but told people he had access to them.

No one else was inside the building when he barricaded himself inside, police said.

Traffic had been restricted in the area and motorists exiting Route 28 onto Route 910 were forced to head north on Route 910 instead of accessing Freeport Road.

Several UMPC employees were waiting to talk with county investigators at a nearby parking lot but said they couldn’t comment.

Police from Harmar , Springdale, Cheswick and Indiana Township surrounded the building and used a drone to gain an aerial view of the facility.

Allegheny County SWAT arrived and was preparing to go inside when the man came out and surrendered peacefully, Domaratz said.

He didn’t know Tuesday if the man has a record.

Police have not released the man’s identity. It’s unclear if he will face charges.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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