SWAT Incident in East Goshen Township Ends Peacefully After Three Hours

Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department

EAST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department responded to the unit block of West Harrison Road in East Goshen Township for a wellbeing check, on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 9:43 AM. Police learned that a 32-year-old male was armed with a rifle and threatening suicide inside his residence.

Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police were assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, West Goshen Police Department, Birmingham Police Department and West Chester University Police Department. Attempts to communicate with the individual were not successful.

Police utilized the Chester County Department of Emergency Services for a community notification directing nearby residents to shelter in place.

The West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team (SWAT) was activated and contact was made with the individual who initially refused to exit his residence.

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After 3 hours, the individual eventually exited the residence unarmed and surrendered to police and is currently being evaluated at a local hospital.

The West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team is comprised of members from the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, West Chester Police Department, West Goshen Township Police Department, Willistown Township Police Department, West Whiteland Township Police Department, Uwchlan Township Police Department and West Chester University Police Department.

In their statement, the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department thanked the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Goshen Fire Company, Goshen Ambulance, Good Fellowship Ambulance and Chester County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.

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