Six-hour standoff at Friendship home ends with man’s surrender |

Six-hour standoff at Friendship home ends with man’s surrender

Pittsburgh police SWAT officers take position Thursday during a six-hour standoff at a home in Friendship, where a man with a gun refused to leave his family’s home.

The incident started when Charles Rodgers, 61, entered an apartment on the third floor of the home in the 300 block of South Fairmount Street and refused to leave, Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. Rodgers had been evicted last month, she said. SWAT was called at 11:44 a.m. when Rodgers threatened to use a shotgun he was carrying, Toler said.

Negotiations continued throughout the day, and officers sent several rounds of tear gas into the home. Rodgers surrendered at 5:26 p.m. Students at the nearby Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5 school, which was placed on lockdown, were allowed to leave the building after the incident was over, Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said.

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