Saturday afternoon’s large police response in Robeson Township, which prompted the closure of Morgantown Road (Route 10) for several hours, was due to a domestic disturbance.
According to a Robeson Township Police Department media release, at approximately 2:02pm, officers were dispatched to a residence on Morgantown Road, south of Westley Road for the report of a domestic disturbance.
Responding officers were advised that a male and female were having a domestic disturbance and the involved male had locked himself in a vehicle, armed with a handgun.
Officers were advised that the female involved had taken shelter in her residence for her protection.
Police say a team of officers were eventually able to safely evacuate the female as other officers made attempts to contact the involved male. After several attempts to contact the male, officers approached the vehicle with ballistic shields and discovered that the involved male had taken his own life.
The Robeson Township Police were assisted by Brecknock Township Police, Birdsboro Borough Police, Caernarvon Township Police, Cumru Township Police, Amity Township Police, Exeter Township Police, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources Park Rangers, BCERT Crisis Negotiators, Tower Direct EMS, Geigertown Fire Company, Gibraltar Fire Company, Western Berks Fire, Department Berks County Coroner’s Office.
Police say the investigation to this incident is ongoing.