Man's death ends Montco standoff

Posted: July 12, 2013

Police are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania National Guard member who was found dead in his Montgomery County home Wednesday after it was surrounded by officers.

Lower Pottsgrove Township police said they did not shoot the man but declined to say how he died. His identity was not released pending notification of family.

Police Chief Michael Foltz said the incident began when guard members paid a visit to the man's home on Lynn Drive about 11:45 a.m. because he was AWOL, having failed to show up to work since Friday.

"Problems in the man's background" also prompted the guard to be concerned for the man's well-being, Foltz said, declining to elaborate.

Police accompanied the guard members. When they approached, they heard a gunshot inside the house. It was unclear whom the man was firing at, Foltz said.

A SWAT team and negotiators surrounded the home for several hours, trying to contact the man via phone, loudspeaker, and other means. They eventually threw shock grenades into the house to provoke a response, which did not come. A robot then entered the home to clear the way for police, who about 5 p.m. found the man's body in a second-floor bedroom.

A device with wires was being investigated, Foltz said.


Contact Ben Finley at 610-313-8118 or bfinley@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @Ben_Finley. Get more Bucks County news at Inquirer.com/bucksinq.

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