ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) - An armed man barricaded inside a home in Ross Township surrendered after a standoff Tuesday.
Police said 48-year-old Robert Gentile's mom called 911 to say her son had assaulted her and barricaded himself in his room. She told police her son had multiple weapons, including at least one AK-47 rifle.
Ross police closed off roads and the North Hill Special Response Team surrounded the home on Thompson Run Road near Sangree Road. Police said Gentile would not communicate with officers initially.
North Hills SRT negotiators were called in and were able to communicate with Gentile. He surrendered peacefully.
Police said Gentile's mother was able to escape before police arrived. They said she suffered minor injuries.
"Ross Police got called here for a domestic violence situation. It's a residence we've been to in the past for similar incidents. And this time, the female was able to get out of the house upon our arrival, so we were able to meet her, get her treated for some injuries, she doesn't have anything major," Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp said.
"Because of him barricading himself in there, and his access to multiple semiautomatic rifles, we decided to call out the North Hills SRT to try to do a peaceful arrest without anyone being injured," he said.
Gentile was charged with simple assault, but police said his charges may be modified as police continue to investigate.
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