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Police: Investigation now an attempted homicide-suicide

6-hour long standoff ends after police find man with self-inflicted gunshot wound

By: Jackalyn Kovac

SCALP LEVEL, Pa. -- A six hour standoff ended Thursday after police found a man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Cambria County home.

The standoff began after police tried to serve multiple warrants out of Cambria and Somerset counties.

Authorities said a woman was shot while in a home in the 300 block of Main Street, Police said she was shot by a man who was inside the home.

The woman was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for treatment, but her name has not been released. Family members told 6 News Reporter Jackalyn Kovac the woman is able to talk and is doing okay.

Police said an officer went to serve the warrants at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, but the man did not want to leave the home, creating the hostile situation.

Six hours after the standoff began, police called in the Cambria County coroner, and said the situation was stable and there was no longer a threat to the Scalp Level community.

"It was a long, methodical course of action we had to take to make sure nobody else was injured in this event," said Windber Police Chief Rick Skiles.

Police and fire crews blocked several roads connecting Main Street. Neighbors weren't allowed in or out of that area for the duration of the standoff. Those roads were reopened just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Scalp Level area is between Windber in Somerset County and Richland Township in Cambria County.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times