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Standoff Involving Father, Child Ends Peacefully

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via YellowBrix

March 28, 2011

O’HARA, PA – A lengthy police standoff in O’Hara that followed a child custody dispute ended peacefully Sunday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers had said authorities had surrounded a Linwood Avenue home in which a man had barricaded himself with his 7-year-old child.

A dispatch supervisor said the incident began shortly after midnight when a child welfare caseworker alerted authorities of a heated custody dispute at the O’Hara home.

Local police responded, then at about 4:30 a.m., they requested the assistance of SWAT officers. The standoff ended around 8 a.m. with no injuries, and the boy was handed over to a grandmother, police said.

The man’s wife and other children had left the house before the incident, according to police.

The father’s name has not been released.

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