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June 12, 2014

Two in custody following Johnstown standoff

— City police said an afternoon shooting in Kernville left one man with arm wounds, and the pursuit of two suspects turned into a lengthy, stormy standoff in Hornerstown late Wednesday.

But Chief Craig Foust confirmed both men were taken into custody without further injuries or gunfire, although one of the men barricaded himself into an apartment at the intersection of Horner and Messenger streets for several hours before turning himself in shortly before 9 p.m. to a swarm of police officers.

“After police initially arrived ... one of the men came out (of the apartment) immediately,” Foust said. “Fortunately, a negotiator was able to talk the other individual to come out of the home. And we were able to end this without anyone else being hurt.”

The men, whose names were not released Wednesday night, were taken to the city police headquarters awaiting arraignment on multiple charges, he said. Charges were expected to be filed by today, Foust said.

Officers from across the area, many of them part of the county’s Special Emergency Response Team, surrounded the apartment, which is just a block from East Side Elementary, before the second suspect turned himself in.

At times – and often under a torrential downpour – police were heard calling loudly from the street for the barricaded man to turn himself in.

Police worried the man was armed, given the shotgun shooting earlier in the afternoon, Foust said.

City police responded to the initial Kernville incident about 3:30 p.m. One person was taken to the hospital with shotgun pellet wounds after the gunfire was reported on the 600 block of Napoleon Street in Johnstown, authorities said.

 

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.

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