SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Numerous agencies were called to a scene in Somerset Borough where it was reported a man was walking down the 600 block of East Main Street around 11:30 a.m. with a gun pointed at his head.
The 25-year-old man was a veteran that was honorably discharged in 2020. After hours of talking to crisis negotiators on Monday, June 6, the man laid down and shot himself around 1:40 p.m. He was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
At 2:15 p.m., law enforcement agencies lifted the shelter in place order. Somerset Police Chief Randy Cox later confirmed that the man was pronounced dead at 9:16 p.m.
Cox noted that the incident did not end as had been hoped – with a peaceful surrender of the individual. He said that it is standard in cases such as these, a post-event investigation will be conducted to attempt to determine the specific circumstances of how the incident originated, progressed and ended. He also noted the man was not hostile toward officers.
Somerset Police Department officers, Somerset County Sherrif’s Office deputies, troopers from Pennsylvania State Police, and officers from Berlin and Meyersdale Borough Police all responded and established a perimeter.
A Code Red was issued through the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services advising nearby residents to shelter in place and avoid the area. Eventually, the 800, 700 and 600 blocks of East Main Street were closed to traffic as the incident unfolded by the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, Listie Fire Department and PennDOT.
Negotiations were conducted by the Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).
If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, help is available. Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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Somerset Borough Police Department along with local law enforcement and Pennsylvania State Police, Somerset Vol. Fire Department and Listie Volunteer Fire Department were called to an unspecified incident at 600 Block of East Main Street in Somerset Borough Monday.
Police said this is NOT an active shooter situation and for residents not to call 911 asking for information.
Residents in the area are being asked to shelter in place including Plank Road and S. Lynn Avenue. The roadway is closed to traffic by the fire department.
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