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August 31, 2012

Littles Corners standoff ends in suicide

MEADVILLE — HAYFIELD TOWNSHIP — A standoff in rural Hayfield Township that began at 2:30 p.m. Friday and continued for about six hours ended in a suicide.

Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville reported that a “known while male” was deceased and that an investigation into the incident was continuing.

“This station is investigating the death of a known white distraught male who took his own life in his apartment,” a late-night PSP report said. “He was alone and no other persons were injured or involved. No additional information is being released, as proper family notifications must be made by the Pennsylvania State Police.”

The situation resulted in action from Pennsylvania State Police swat teams, who held their ground around the Hayfield Township residence until early evening.

A coroner was called to the scene about 8:30. Reports from the scene indicated that tear gas had been fired into the residence.

The home is near the intersection of state routes 98 and 198, Little Corners, and forced closing of both of those normally busy roadways in that area. Massive traffic jams resulted at first, before detours could be set up to redirect traffic coming into the area. Both roads were sealed off for about a mile in all directions.

Hayfield Volunteer Fire Department put out the first radio call for responders early in the afternoon, but those responders were advised to not approach their station, which is on Route 198 slightly east of Route 98.

Neighbors in the area were staying inside or close to their homes, and one, reached by phone, told the Tribune she knew that a man was barricaded in a residence and was believed to have a gun. At 4:45 official reports, though sketchy, confirmed there was a man with a gun and that he was alone.

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