Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Standoff

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

A man wanted for the armed robbery of a local bank this summer was found dead following a standoff with police Nov. 21.

According to a statement by Police Chief Mark DiLuzio, uniformed officers, assisting detectives, went to 416 Hickory St., where the man was observed, and attempted to make contact. He came to the door, displayed and brandished a firearm, and refused to come out of the residence. Officers spoke with the man and three juveniles were able to leave the house.

The Bethlehem Police Emergency Response and Crisis Negotiation teams responded to the scene. The man refused to exit the house and surrender for approximately three hours, after which a single gunshot was heard coming from the house.

A BPD Robot was sent in and the male was located in the house on the floor. ERT Team members and medics entered the house and the male was found deceased. No officers or other citizens were injured in this event. There is no threat to the public and roads in the area that were closed have been re-opened. The Northampton County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene. Identification of the male will be released pending notification of next of kin by the coroner’s office.