Police: Distraught man surrenders ending Lower Burrell standoff

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Police said a Lower Burrell man has been taken for a mental health evaluation after he surrendered to police, ending a three-hour standoff.

Lower Burrell police Chief Tim Weitzel isn't identifying the middle-aged man because police did not immediately charge him with a crime after his surrender about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police went to the man's home after his employer reported that the man had called off work and threatened to harm himself.

Police surrounded the home because they say the man mentioned having a loaded gun.

Weitzel told Channel 11’s news exchange partners at the Valley News Dispatch that officers took the man into "protective custody" when he came out of his house. But police aren't sure if the man was responding to police or simply letting out his dog.