Oct. 14--An all-day standoff with an armed Temple University student began yesterday morning when police were called to a home near campus where a man had barricaded himself in the basement, fired shots and threatened to commit suicide.
Negotiations continued late into the night.
Gunshots were heard in the morning and a series of shots were heard in the late afternoon, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan told the Daily News. Negotiators continued to communicate with the distraught man last night.
The student, a sophomore in his mid-20s with "a history of mental-health and substance-abuse problems," was alone in the basement and confined there, Sullivan said.
Police parked an armored vehicle in front of the basement window and evacuated houses on both sides of the student's home on Willington Street near Montgomery Avenue.
Sullivan said police negotiators, as well as experts from the city's Department of Mental Health, were talking with the student hoping to resolve the crisis.
He said the barricaded student's family was not part of negotiations, because sometimes family members can harm a situation of this kind.
"We are limiting these negotiations to trained and very professional negotiators from the Homeland Security Unit and the Office of Mental Health," Sullivan said. "We are doing everything in the world to bring about a positive end. We're not concerned about how long it takes. We're just concerned that everyone come out in good health."
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