Clearfield, PA – Police are releasing more details about 8-hour-long standoff throughout late Sunday night and early Monday morning in Clearfield. Although the man allegedly had a gun at the home and had barricaded himself inside of the house, he was eventually taken into custody without incident.
It started just before 9:30 Sunday evening when Clearfield Borough Police were requested to do a welfare check at a home in the 800 block of Daisy Street in Clearfield. They say a 52-year-old man was reportedly attempting to hang himself on Facebook Live.
However, when police arrived at the scene, the man met them outside. He said he was angry with his fiancé and with police but was not attempting to harm himself. Police warned the man about causing a public disturbance.
Police asked the complainant for more information about what had happened. Later on Sunday night, around 11 p.m., police were called at to the same location to assist Clearfield-Jefferson Mental Health to serve a 302 warrant, which is an involuntary emergency examination and treatment.
Around 12:30 early Monday morning, police reportedly found the man sitting on the front porch with a gun. They attempted to talk with him without any success. About an hour later, they say the man went inside and threw a lit firecracker from a second-floor window. Officers said they could hear the man barricading himself inside of the room.
That’s when a Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) was called in to negotiate with the man. He was taken into custody unharmed around 6:45 Monday morning and was taken to Penn Highlands for an evaluation.
Borough police cleared the scene around 8:30 yesterday morning. Criminal charges are currently pending against the still unnamed man.
Clearfield Borough Police would like to thank the many other departments that helped them with the delicate situation, including other local police, fire departments, EMS and the state police teams.