Cops, Courts and Fire

UPDATE: 64-Year-Old Man Taken For Evaluation Following Standoff

Police near the scene. 
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UPDATED: 8:24 p.m., Wednesday:

A 64-year-old man who was in a standoff with police was taken to the hospital for an evaluation Wednesday evening.

Newtown Township Chief Rick Pasqualini said his officers who patrol Wrightstown went to a home in the 900 block of Mill Creek Road around 3:30 p.m. for a well-being check and heard a gunshot shortly after arriving.

Officers radioed for assistance and the South Central Bucks County Special Emergency Response Team, which is composed of officers from around Lower Bucks County, was called out.

Pasqualini said officers made entry to the home shortly after 7:30 p.m. and took the man in to custody.

“They’re going to take him to [St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown] for an evaluation,” the chief said.

No one else was inside the home at the time the gunshot was heard and no injuries were reported.

In a statement, police stated the initial call was to check on the man after he may have been experiencing mental health issues and had firearms.

Officers blocked Mill Creek Road between Cedar Lane and Swamp Road while the standoff was underway.

Police, medics and firefighters staged at the Lingohocken Fire Company station. A command truck from the county and one from Upper Southampton were parked at the firehouse.

Original Post:

Police and tactical officers were on the scene of a barricaded subject in Wrightstown.

The incident happened in the 900 block of Mill Creek Road and started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers from several towns were on the scene along with the tactical team.

The subject inside the home was located around 7:30 p.m. and taken into custody.

Medics and command officials were staging at the Lingohocken Fire Company.

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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001