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Standoff with armed man in Hatboro ends peacefully

Intersection of South York Road and Moreland Avenue
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An armed 35-year-old Hatboro man who borough police said pointed a gun at passing traffic on North York Road last night before holing up inside an apartment overnight was taken into custody late this morning.

In a news conference shortly before noon, Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said the man was being taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. He said he expected to release the man’s name later today.

“We do anticipate that there will be criminal charges filed. Our officers are now executing a search warrant at the property to look for evidence that may be associated with this incident.”

Earlier, Gardner said the man had not responded to law enforcement efforts to contact him and, as a precaution, police issued a shelter-in-place order for those near the apartment. Also as a precaution, Hatboro-Horsham schools were closed today by the district.

Gardner said the man ran into an apartment building after a borough police officer “made contact with him” last night, following the report of a man aiming a gun at cars on North York Road at approximately 9:15 p.m.

The building is located near the intersection of South York Road and Moreland Avenue, where SWAT officers were in place following the incident.

“We attempted to negotiate with him … throughout the night through various means,” Gardner said earlier, adding “our goal is to get this individual out of the apartment in a peaceful manner so no one is injured.”

The chief said no shots were fired.

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