Man holed up in camper prompts SWAT situation in Pittsburgh neighborhood

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PITTSBURGH – A man was taken into custody Monday morning after he was holed up in a camper on a street in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood, prompting an hours-long standoff, police said.

William Snatchko was involved in a domestic incident with his wife at a home in Carnegie prior to the SWAT team’s deployment to Allen Street shortly after 2:30 a.m., police said. He allegedly fired two shots at his wife, who was not struck, before fleeing to Allentown.

Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic reported that Snatchko and his wife are in the midst of a divorce.

Authorities first searched a house on Allen Street before realizing that Snatchko was in the camper parked outside. Police said he was armed and had two dogs with him.

During the course of the standoff, gas was deployed in an attempt to get Snatchko to surrender. Police were also heard over a loud speaker telling him that they were not going anywhere.

Shortly after 6 a.m., smoke was seen coming from the camper. Firefighters put out a fire, the cause of which was not immediately clear, but Snatchko remained inside.

Snatchko surrendered peacefully shortly after 7 a.m. Police said he used a cellphone that they placed inside the camper to notify authorities. He was then taken to a hospital to be checked out.



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