Tense moments shut down city street
SHAMOKIN - Charges will be filed against a suicidal man who allegedly assaulted his wife and threatened to kill any officers who dared enter his Shamokin apartment to arrest him.
The incident, which occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in an apartment building at 12 N. Market St., brought in law enforcement from three jurisdictions and caused the roadway and sidewalks between West Arch Street and West Chestnut Street to be closed down for approximately 40 minutes.
The man, who was not identified by police, was taken into custody at about 9:15 p.m. He was taken via AREA Ambulance to the Shamokin police station for questioning. At 9:30 p.m., police were awaiting mental health officials to arrive before deciding whether to take him to a hospital.
Patrolman William Zalinski said the station itself received a call shortly before 8:30 p.m. from the man's wife who claimed he had slammed her hand in a door.
While the police were en route to the apartment, located between Harry's Grill and Ernest L. Steinhart III dental office, the man apparently called 911 and threatened to kill himself, and allegedly said he would shoot anyone who tried to arrest him.
Police were told he had a pistol, Zalinski said.
With backup from Coal Township and Ralpho Township, the Shamokin officers treated the individual as a barricaded gunman, he said.
The police officers were able to call the man, and they eventually made entry into the apartment and took him into custody, Zalinski said.
At the scene, officers rushed inside the front door yelling for the man to put his hands up.
Crowds of people were gathered on the street watching the scene unfold while customers of Harry's and residents along the street were asked to remain indoors.
The man, who was handcuffed, was visibly disoriented and needed assistance leaving the apartment building and into an ambulance.
The wife told police he was drunk and had a prosthetic leg, Zalinski said.
No other information was available Tuesday night, but Zalinski said the criminal complaint with names and charges would be filed today.