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Somerset Borough Standoff

Parts of Somerset Borough had to be put on a shelter in place early Monday following an hours long crisis negotiation with police.

For about 3 hours local and state police lined the street on East Main St as police say they were negotiating with a man going through a mental health crisis.

It all began around 11am as Somerset Police Chief Randy Cox says police got a call about a man who he says was outside with a gun and threatening suicide.

That prompted police to ask residents in the area of East Main St, South Lynn Ave, and Plank Road to shelter in place.

However after about 3 hours of talks with crisis teams and negotiators police say the man shot himself and was flown to a nearby hospital.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the man but say he was discharged from the marines in 2020 and had struggled with mental health issues since then.

No word on the severity of the man’s injuries.

Officials say, the area was reopened and the shelter in place was lifted sometime after 3.

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