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Jefferey Gangaware in custody after barricading himself in Carbon Co. home

Published On: Jun 24 2013 06:35:33 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2013 06:36:30 PM EDT

Police peacefully end standoff in Carbon Co.


Police have arrested a man who kept himself barricaded inside a home in Carbon County for hours.

The standoff started at 11:50 p.m. Sunday from a woman who claimed to be held hostage at a home in the 500 block of East Bertsch Street in Lansford.

In court papers, police said when they arrived they heard a woman screaming inside the home.


Police kicked in the front door, which was blocked inside by a couch. The woman was able to escape the house, but the man told police he had a gun.

The woman told police the man was her boyfriend, Jefferey Gangaware of 226 W. Howard Avenue, Coaldale,, and that he had several guns in his possession.

Police said the 51-year-old Gangaware wanted the woman to shoot him because he "no longer wanted to live separate lives."

She told police he had other guns upstairs and all of the doors to the home were barricaded.

She also said she hadn't been allowed to leave the house since about 7:40 p.m. Sunday, as Gangaware had tied the bedroom door to the staircase with rope so she couldn't escape.

The standoff ended around 7:25 a.m. Monday, when police took Gangaware into custody.

Police negotiated with Gangaware for several hours, and blocked off the 400, 500 and 600 blocks of Bertsch Street.

The state's emergency response team was on the scene, and state police assisted as well.

No one was injured during the incident.

Gangaware was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and simple assault.

He was arraigned and he was committed to the Carbon County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.