BUTLER TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A standoff Wednesday in Schuylkill County between a man armed with a semi-automatic pistol and state troopers is now over.
54-year-old John Miller held police at bay for hours on Fountain Street in Butler Township. Police say they first came out to the home because Miller was throwing things from the second-floor window of the house.
Troopers say they saw Miller with a semi-automatic pistol. The 54-year-old eventually came out of the home and surrendered.
“While we were out here we heard the police talking to him, asking come out with his hands up, that he would get the help that he needed,” neighbor Janet Cole said.
Troopers first responded to the scene about 7:30 Wednesday morning because the man was throwing things from the second-floor window. When police arrived, they saw him waving a semi-automatic postal from a second-floor window. Miller even threw glass jars at them as police retreated.
“He was just nice. I never knew he had any issues, because he was working so much on the house down there so how bad could it be,” said a neighbor.
The incident sending shock waves through a normally quiet neighborhood. Fountain Street was shut down from Malone Road to Broad Street as police handled the situation. Students practicing at North Schuylkill High School also had to go into lockdown.
“Sends kind of chills. You know, kind of scary, because you hope something like that is never going to happen. Luckily from what I hear, it’s not at the school but kids are not allowed to leave. It’s got to be a scary situation. I know it is for me,” step-parent Jim Hall said.
Miller was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.