Troopers call SERT team to scene in Portage, one in custody

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PORTAGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — One person is in custody after police were called to Meadow Lane in Portage Thursday morning just after 4 a.m. after EMS arrived at the home and called for a police presence.

Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees tells us there was a woman in her 30’s found unresponsive.

A S.E.R.T. team could be heard asking the man to come out of the house and shortly after 3 p.m., that man was taken into custody after police entered the home.

One trooper says in situations like this, it’s best to proceed with caution.

“We want to do our best to attempt to make contact in a safe way to give anyone who may be inside a residence in this situation a chance to come out peacefully so that ultimately no one is injured,” says Trooper Cliff Greenfield, Public Information Officer with state police.

The man was treated at a nearby hospital and Lees says an autopsy on the woman will be performed tomorrow.

Previous: The Cambria County Coroner was also called to the scene Thursday morning.

Trooper Greenfield sent an update on Twitter at 3:30 p.m. that they were able to make contact with the individual inside of the house and that person is now in PSP custody.

Our own Shawn Rapp is on the scene to confirm more information as it becomes available online and tonight at 5 p.m. on WTAJ News.


Troopers reported that as of 11:30 a.m. they are awaiting for PSP SERT(Special Emergency Response Team) to arrive on the scene to help handle the situation. They believe there is no reason that there is a threat to the area and that this incident is contained.

Troopers report that they have yet to make contact with the person in the home and even with a search warrant, it may still take quite a while through the day to end this.

This is a developing story. Stick with WTAJ as we learn more details and continue to update this story.

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