• Boy, 17, surrenders peacefully after SWAT standoff in Butler County


    POINT MARION, Pa. - A 17-year-old Marion Township boy is in juvenile custody after state police said he pointed an assault-type rifle at his uncle and three other family members and told them they had 10 minutes to leave a house.

    Authorities said the incident started about 2 p.m. Monday as a family argument at the suspect’s home in Point Marion.

    Detectives said the suspect threatened his uncle with a machete and a loaded assault rifle before running off into nearby woods.

    Police were called and the officers eventually tracked the suspect to a beer distributor.

    After authorities surrounded the beer distributor, the suspect eventually surrendered after about a 30-minute SWAT standoff.

    “He’s my nephew. I feel bad that he’s going to jail,” the suspect’s uncle, Dennis Deal, said.

    The boy isn't being identified because he's charged as a juvenile, but police said he was upset that some relatives had unexpectedly come to the house. The police didn't identify them, but say they were 54-, 36- and 31-year-old adults and a 1-year-old child.

    The suspect is facing several charges including simple assault and terroristic threats.

    According to police, he may face additional charges because he was already on parole after being convicted of shooting someone else last year.

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