One Dead Following SWAT Situation in Montgomery Township
Unidentified man allegedly threatened his mother with a handgun, causing her to flee the home, then took his own life; Village at Neshaminy Falls cordoned off by police for much of Wednesday afternoon
A lengthy police standoff prompted by a domestic dispute in Montgomery Township ended Wednesday afternoon with the discovery that a 47-year-old township man had taken his own life.
Montgomery Township police said the man, whom they did not identify, had pointed a handgun at his mother following an argument Wednesday morning.
The man's mother arrived at the township police department at about 10:30 a.m., police said, and informed them of the situation. She told police that she had been unable to call 9-1-1 because her son had disconnected the telephone at the residence and threatened her with the gun when she attempted to reconnect it. She then fled the home in fear of her life, she told police.
Police and units from the Central Montgomery Special Weapons and Tactics (CMSWAT) team responded to the residence on Longwood Place in the Village of Neshaminy Falls, a senior housing development. Access to the development was restricted, surrounding residences were evacuated, and much of the neighborhood cordoned off as tactical units took up positions in the vicinity of the home.
Police said they unsuccessfully attempted to contact the man by telephone, then used a loudspeaker outside the home to attempt to reach him.
"This is Montgomery Township Police, you are under arrest," police could be heard saying numerous times as the afternoon progressed.
The SWAT team eventually entered the home and found the man deceased in a front bedroom. Police said Montgomery Township detectives are investigating the incident. Police did not specify whether the man had killed himself with the handgun, or whether the weapon was recovered.
The property is owned by Jeannette Cammarota, according to Montgomery County property records.
Earlier story and updates below.
Update 4:10 p.m. The neighborhood has been reopened to residents and vehicular traffic. Montgomery Township police have said that a statement will be made available to the media. We'll provide that information when we have it.
Update 3:55 p.m. Numerous tactical police units have left the secured area. All visible indications are that the situation has been resolved, but authorities have not provided any official updates.
Update 3:50 p.m. The announcements have stopped and detectives from the Montgomery Township Police have arrived at the scene.
The snipers that could be seen from a reporter's location have withdrawn from their positions.
Update 3:30 p.m. A voice on a loudspeaker continues to repeat, "This is Montgomery Township Police, you are under arrest."
Police have thus far declined to identify the suspect.
Update 2:45 p.m. Police have made numerous attempts on either a loudspeaker or a bullhorn to contact the as-yet unidentified occupant of a home on Longwood Place.
The neighborhood remains cordoned off and snipers have taken positions on the roof of at least one nearby house.
[Editor's note: At the request of Montgomery Township police, we have removed a photo of snipers in position at the scene.]
Initial story below.
Montgomery County police tactical units have responded to the Neshaminy Falls development in Montgomery Township for a report of a barricaded and armed subject on Longwood Place.
No pedestrian or vehicle traffic is allowed on either Longwood Place or Bent Pine Hill Road, both of which are located entirely inside the senior housing development. A SWAT team and "Bearcat" police tactical vehicle are at the scene.
This is a developing story.