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Standoff in Zelienople paralyzes neighborhood

| Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

A standoff that began Tuesday afternoon with a man shooting at random inside his Butler County home ended eight hours later when he took his own life, police said.

The body of Conner O'Halloran, 22, was found about 9 p.m. in the second floor of his home along Oakdale Drive in Zelienople, police Chief Jim Miller said.

Police were called to the home about 1 p.m. when O'Halloran's father called police to say that his son was firing shots from a shotgun inside the house, Miller said. Police did not know what upset O'Halloran, who was a student at a university in Arizona, Miller said.

Miller said no one else was injured in the incident in the Timberbrook housing development. Police did not return fire, Miller said.

"It's been pretty scary," said a neighbor, Sandi Glick, who was ordered to stay inside her home with her husband and children. "It's pretty unnerving to see policemen carrying rifles walking through your yard. It's just like watching a movie. It's unreal."

Glick said she heard police negotiators using a loudspeaker to talk to the man.

"They're saying things like, 'Please come out. Your parents love you. They care about you. We want to help,'" Glick said.

About 100 residents were forced out of their homes by the standoff, Miller said.

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