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Thorpe standoff ends; suspect found dead

A more than 12-hour standoff in Jim Thorpe on Monday ended when a special state police unit entered the home and found the suspect dead.

Borough police said the standoff was the result of a domestic incident in which the suspect, whose name is being withheld until the next of kin is notified, had pointed guns at his wife and threatened to shoot her.

The incident began at 8:07 a.m. when the wife, managed to flee the home in the 600 block of Lehigh Street with her children, and called 911. The threats were the result of an argument between the couple.

A borough officer arrived on scene a short time after the call was received and was unable to make contact with the man. The officer received information from the wife that the suspect pointed two handguns at her. She also told the officer there were a “lot of guns” in the home.

At this point the officer called for backup and secured the scene until a search and arrest warrant could be obtained. After several attempts to contact the suspect failed, Jim Thorpe police then requested the assistance of the state police who dispatched its Special Emergency Response Team. Several more attempts to contact the male were made by troopers without any success.

The SERT team then entered the home and found the suspect deceased in an upstairs bedroom. The county coroner was then called to the scene, police said. Also on scene throughout the incident by county District Attorney Michael S. Greek.

The investigation is continuing.