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March 28, 2007
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Pa. man taken to hospital after standoff ends

By Liz Zemba
Tribune Review
GREENSBURG, Pa. - A Washingon Township man who threatened to shoot at police officers Sunday was transported to a hospital after a two-hour standoff in a mobile home park.

Larry Wing, of Wellington Estates, was taken by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, for evaluation yesterday evening, said Scott Slagle, Washington Township police chief.

Wing's mother summoned police shortly after 4 p.m. to report her son had taken a rifle or shotgun to a shed behind her residence and locked himself inside.

"He told her if any police tried to open the door, he was going to put a hole in them," Slagle said.

Police secured the area around the shed. They were able to speak to Wing via an intercom system that connects Wing's residence to the shed.

While talking with police, Wing requested cigarettes. When Wing opened the shed door to accept the cigarettes, an officer used a Taser gun to subdue him.

Slagle said Wing may have been distraught because he had been involved in an accident with his mother's car a few hours earlier. Wing is also believed to have consumed alcohol and prescription medication prior to entering the shed, Slagle said.

Slagle said his department has had Taser guns for approximately 18 months. Yesterday's incident was the first time they have used one of the guns.

It worked well, and no one was hurt, Slagle said.

Assisting Washington Township were officers from Delmont and Murrysville. State troopers also were on scene.

Copyright 2007 Tribune-Review

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