PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Public safety officials are giving credit to their negotiators in deescalating two overnight SWAT situations that they say could have been tragic.
"It's been a busy night for Pittsburgh police," said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.
Early on Friday morning, around 2:45 a.m., police were called to a home on Bricelyn Street where a man and a woman were held up inside.
"We were told he was in a house with a gun, determined there was a female in the house," said Commander Ed Trapp in the Special Deployment Division.
Pittsburgh police say they weren't able to reach anyone inside the home by phone, so they had to use another tactic to get their attention.
"We used flash bangs to get his attention. It worked, he turned on his phone," said Trapp.
They say the man was in crisis and there was a concern he could hurt himself or others. Eventually, they were able to get him and the woman out and they say the man is getting the help he needs.
Earlier in Carrick around 9 p.m., another SWAT situation unfolded.
Daquan Minter is facing charges of terroristic threats and simple assault for his involvement.
Police say it was a neighbor dispute that escalated. A gun was pulled and a shot was fired inside a home.
There was concern a baby was inside the home at the time of the incident.
"There was a crib, baby toys and that type of stuff," said Commander Ed Trapp. "The suspect told us the baby was with the baby's mother and we finally contacted her, and confirmed the baby was safe with her."
No one was injured or harmed in either incident.
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