Jenners standoff ends in suicide
Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team members suit up Saturday night in Jenners. The team responded to the Middle Street residence after a Jenners man made death threats and barricaded himself within his home. (Philip Petrunak)
The Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team responded to the scene along with a host of state police investigators, where they remained for hours.
A family member identified the man as Richard Taylor, 55. The family member did not reveal his own name, but said he was the boyfriend of Taylor's daughter.
The family member said Taylor was depressed because his wife said she was leaving Taylor.
Taylor threatened to kill his wife and commit suicide, the family member said. The wife fled the home before calling 911.
Boswell ambulance and Boswell fire department responded to the scene at 3:44 p.m. State police arrived shortly after.
The State Police Special Emergency Response Team set up a mobile headquarters along Parsonage Road, a block away from Taylor's home. The emergency response team — equipped with body armor, shields and heavy weaponry — deployed from the mobile headquarters for Taylor's Middle Street residence at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Taylor's family remained in vehicles near the mobile headquarters, with response team leaders occasionally asking them questions about the layout of the home, among others.
The family was also asked to reach Taylor by cellphone, but Taylor did not respond.
At 9:50 p.m. a blast rang out, ending more than two hours of relative quiet. Several emergency response team members were seen standing on Middle Street in front of Taylor's home.
An emergency response team leader declined to comment on the situation at the scene.
The Somerset County Coroner was later called to the scene. A state trooper at the Somerset Barricks said Taylor shot himself inside the home.
Several Middle Street residents watched the events of the evening unfold from their porches. One resident, who asked not to be identified, described the neighborhood as quiet.
"I've never seen so many cops," the man added.