Police respond to man waving gun, find him dead in nearby field
A distraught man died Friday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after breaking into a friend’s home just east of the 3300 block of Lycoming Creek Road, Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Joseph Hope said.
No one was in the house at the time, Hope said.
A neighbor reported seeing the upset man come out of the house, holding a rifle and threatening suicide before going back inside about 9:20 a.m., Hope said.
Members of the city’s Special Response Team responded and found the man dead in a nearby field about 11:30 a.m. There were no other injuries, Hope said.
To ensure public safety, Lycoming Creek Road between Beautys Run and Log Run roads in Old Lycoming Township was closed to traffic after police responded to the call. County negotiators responded, but their attempts to make contact with the distraught individual were unsuccessful.
Neighbors were told to stay inside their homes.
Besides Old Lycoming Township police, several other law enforcement agencies, including the county sheriff’s office, city police and state troopers responded to the incident.
A command post was set up in the parking lot of a retailer on Lycoming Creek Road.