Six-hour long standoff ends with suspect in custody


A six-hour standoff ended with a person in custody in Monroe County.

The original call came in shortly before 10:30 Tuesday morning for a possible drug overdose.

However, when police arrived they quickly realized the suspect was conscious and armed with a gun.

For much of the day, officials blocked off Kunkletown Road in every direction.

Just down the road, officers were dealing with a barricade situation on Monroe Drive.

But it all began as a call for a possible drug overdose involving 38-year-old Seth Gillen.

"Upon getting there, they encountered Seth Gillen who displayed a handgun, pointed it at the troopers. The troopers discharged a patrol rifle. Two rounds were fired at Mr. Gillen. He retreated into the residence and barricaded himself there,"
Capt. Robert Bartal, Pennsylvania State Police Lehighton, said.

Eventually, four people walked out of the home and were taken into custody for questioning.

Once officers realized Gillen wasn't coming out they blocked off the roads in an attempt to secure the scene.

Negotiators were then brought in.

And finally, after several hours, Gillen walked out of the home and was taken into custody in an ambulance without incident.

"The investigation is ongoing, into the actual shooting, as well as all the circumstances surrounding the residence," Bartal added.

That ambulance took Gillan to Lehigh Valley Pocono for evaluation.

He's facing several charges including aggravated assault, simple assault, and making terroristic threats.

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