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Standoff ends peacefully in Mount Penn

Published On: Aug 26 2013 11:18:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2013 12:18:43 AM EDT

Standoff ends peacefully in Mount Penn


A Berks County community was on high alert tonight after police got a call of a barricaded gunman in Mount Penn.

Police were trying to block both vehicle traffic and foot traffic around Perkiomen Avenue and 25th Street because they did not know the intentions of the gunman. It took about an hour for authorities to secure the suspect, but the standoff ended peacefully.

"We got a call for a barricaded gunman who was having some medical issues and basically he was threatening himself so we had to make sure that everything was okay," said Central Berks Regional Police Chief Ray Serafin.

The Central Berks Regional Police called in the Berks County Emergency Response team because they say the suspect was holed up in an apartment building with two handguns. After securing the scene, the C.E.R.T. moved into the complex.

"The C.E.R.T. team had the ability to get him out with the negotiators and he came out freely," said Serafin.

After securing the gunman, police say he was taken to Reading hospital to be treated for various medical issues.

Police describe him as a 49-year old white male from Reading. Officers say the gunman was very cooperative at the end. He did not harm himself or anyone else.