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White Oak Standoff Ends Peacefully, No Charges Filed

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
January 03, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A White Oak man was hospitalized following a two-hour standoff with police and the Allegheny County SWAT team.

No charges have been filed but the investigation remains open, White Oak police Chief Mark Sargent said.

Police were dispatched to a home on State Street just before 4 a.m. Wednesday when callers reported a 20-year-old man living there was suicidal.

As officers entered the front door, Sargent said, they heard a shot from the second floor.

The man, whose name is not currently being released, told officers that he had shot himself in the shoulder with a handgun, and then fired a shot through the upstairs ceiling, Sargent said.

He did not shoot at police and police did not fire their weapons, Sargent said. Other family members were home when the incident began but were not injured, he said.

Emergency personnel said the other family members were housed at the White Oak EMS base during the standoff.

White Oak police began negotiating with the man, Sargent said, and a negotiator from the Allegheny County special weapons and tactical team also was dispatched to the scene, along with McKeesport police and White Oak Emergency Medical Service and its rescue task force.

After about two hours of negotiations, the man surrendered and was treated by White Oak EMS, then taken to an area hospital for treatment and an evaluation.

State Street and part of Foster Road were closed Wednesday morning while police negotiated.

Police are still investigating where the man obtained the handgun, said Sargent, who thanked White Oak paramedics and McKeesport officers for their assistance.

Jason Togyer is the editor of Tube City Almanac and the volunteer executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc. He may be reached at

Originally published January 03, 2019.

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