The Associated Press, The Scranton Times
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) -- A man accused of firing several gunshots from
the window of his apartment above a Lackawanna County senior center
was taken into custody safely early Sunday morning after a 4 1/2 hour
standoff with police.
Prosecutors said the shots injured no one, but disrupted a normally
bustling intersection in Dunmore as police shut down the area around
the building for several hours.
"We heard a bunch of gunshots going off. We didn't think anything of
it, and we thought it was just fireworks," said Sierra Lancia, who
lives about two blocks away.
Police converged on the home at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday and tried
to negotiate for hours with the alleged shooter, identified by a
prosecutor as John Harris.
A police SWAT team entered the building at around midnight and
emerged with Harris about 15 minutes later. Authorities said he did
The arrest followed numerous police attempts to get Harris to come
out on his own. About an hour into the standoff, authorities had
Harris' boss at a nearby auto repair shop speak to him by telephone.
"All I asked him was to come out," said Joe Abda. "He said, 'Nope,'
The only thing I could tell you is, I actually begged the guy to come
down so he wouldn't get in any more problems than he is right now."
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The building also contains the Dunmore Senior Center.