Greenville standoff


Police cars block traffic on Clarksville Street during a police-involved standoff Monday in Greenville at a home on Church Street.

Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team and Greenville police responded to a report of a standoff Monday evening along Church Street in Greenville.

UPDATE: A five-hour standoff, involving two children younger than 2, ended peacefully Monday night in Greenville.

Lt. Paul Molton, ranking officer for Greenville-West Salem police, said police arrived shortly after 3 p.m. Monday at 6 Church St., Greenville, with an arrest warrant and search warrant for a man believed to be in the residence.

The man responded by barricading himself in an upper floor of the home with two children, ages 17 months and 6 months. Molton said the man's girlfriend was also present in the home.

Police did not identify the man or the woman, but said the standoff ended through negotiations between the man and negotiators from the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team.

No one was injured.

Molton said the children were placed with Mercer County Children and Youth Services. The man was taken to Mercer County Jail.

Agencies that responded to the incident included Mercer County CIRT, police departments from Greenville-West Salem Township, Hempfield Township, Hermitage, Jefferson Township, Pymatuning Township and South Pymatuning Township, and Greenville Fire Department.

McGonigle and Elite ambulance services, and agents from Pennsylvania Bureau of Probation and Parole also responded.

Additional information will be included Tuesday in The Herald's e-newspaper edition.