Fountain Springs Man Threw Glass, Cassettes at Police During Standoff Wednesday
Earlier this week, on July 15, a Fountain Springs man engaged police in Schuylkill County in an hours-long standoff. Thankfully, the situation ended peacefully.
According to Pennsylvania State Police in Frackville, they were called to a situation at about 7:30 a.m. along Fountain Street in Butler Township.
Police Standoff in Fountain Springs Ends Peacefully
Police received reports of a man throwing objects out of a second-story window onto Route 61.
When police got there, they identified 54-year-old John Miller sitting in that second-story window. Traffic in both directions on Route 61 was shut down.
Miller had a semi-automatic pistol on him. When police saw the gun, they retreated to a safe position and attempted to make contact with Miller.
As police began their retreat, Miller began hurling glass bottles at them. After getting into a safe position, State Police established a line of communication with Miller. They activated the PSP Special Emergency Response Team.
The Shenandoah Sentinel reported from the scene that much of the debris Miller scattered on the highway was actually audio cassette tapes.
A few hours of negotiating eventually led to Miller giving himself up. He came out of the house and was taken into custody. Police say they transported Miller to a nearby hospital for a mental health evaluation.
During the standoff, the Sentinel also reports that nearby North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School was placed on lockdown. There were several sports practices ongoing at the time of the incident.
Miller finally surrendered and the highway was open again to traffic at about 2:30 that afternoon.
He’s being charged with reckless endangerment, propulsion of missiles, terroristic threats, and simple assault.
READ THE FULL SHENANDOAH SENTINEL REPORT: Fountain Springs standoff ends peacefully; man in custody
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