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Evacuated Birdsboro residents allowed to return home following police standoff

Published On: Mar 18 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 19 2013 08:46:40 AM EDT

Birdsboro standoff


Police say a Berks County neighborhood is now secure after officers spent hours working to make sure the safety of some residents was not threatened.

Police were called Monday evening to the area of Eighth and Union streets in Birdsboro.  A woman living out-of-state called police worried for her brother's safety and the safety of his paramour, police said.

According to police, she said that he was making threats, had been drinking, and owned a number of large guns.


Police responded and were joined by the Berks Emergency Response Team. 

All the roads in the area were closed for hours.

Eventually, police made contact with the woman in the home, they said.  She appeared to be unaware of the police presence in the neighborhood but did not appear to have been threatened by the man Monday.

She came outside of the home followed by the man. 

The man, a 46-year-old, was taken to Reading Hospital for a mental evaluation, police said.

Police were given the all clear to open the roads at about 10:10 p.m.

Neighbors say they had been told to stay indoors, to stay away from windows and to stay on the lower levels of their homes. 

Some people had been evacuated from their homes.  They have since been allowed to return, police said.