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Jersey Shore man arrested following standoff

JERSEY SHORE — Following an hours-long standoff involving state police and an Emergency Response Team, a Jersey Shore resident was jailed on multiple charges.

State police at Lamar were called to 57 Rainbow Drive, Pine Creek Township on Jan. 12 regarding a Protection from Abuse Order violation.

Daniel Harold Mikitko, 38, of Jersey Shore, was accused of violating an order served by the Clinton County Sheriff’s office that same day. Police allege Mikitko called the victim a dozen times between 6:25 p.m. and 7:07 p.m.

Police arrived on scene and contacted Mikitko via phone. He refused to leave his residence and come outside and proceeded to threaten troopers with harm if they approached/entered his property, police said.

Police and Mikitko were engaged in negotiations that lasted more than an hour before Pennsylvania State Police’s Special Emergency Rresponse Team was summoned to the scene. They then began negotiations with Mikitko to have him peacefully surrender.

According to police, Mikitko continued to act in an “irate and irrational manner” and continued to threaten harm to troopers. He also made troopers aware that he was in possession of a firearm on multiple occasions and attempted to goad entry into his residence, police said in their report.

At 5 a.m. on Jan. 13, less lethal force was used to take Mikitko into custody, according to police. He was transported to the Clinton County Correctional Facility on the PFA violation. Additional charges of terroristic threats and resisting arrest were filed on the same date.

There were no injuries to police or to Mikitko as a result of the standoff.

“PSP would like to thank neighbors in the vicinity of this incident for their understanding as police worked throughout the night to bring a peaceful resolution to the incident,” police said in their report.

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