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Police identify alleged gunman who threatened neighbors

Derrick Thompson. (Photo: Cambria County Prison)

JOHNSTOWN - Johnstown police said a man was taken into custody around 6 a.m. Wednesday after an overnight incident in which he is accused of threatening neighbors with a gun in the Prospect Homes section of the city.

Police said the man, identified as Derrick Thompson, 28, is facing charges of terroristic threats, recklessly firing a firearm and resisting arrest. Police said he was wanted in the Philadelphia area for a parole violation of a robbery charge.

Thompson is in the Cambria County Prison.

Police said no one was injured in the overnight incident.

They responded to a report of a gunman threatening neighbors Tuesday around 11 p.m. at a house along Conway Court.

Officials said Thompson then barricaded himself inside a home and resisted arrest.

Johnstown police then called the Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team, which attempted to get Thompson to come out of the house by using flash-bang grenades.

When Thompson still refused to surrender, police said they went in and got him.

A neighbor told a 6 News reporter that he heard several gunshots Tuesday night.

Police said three neighbors had to be evacuated during the incident and a bus was brought in on standby in case others needed to be evacuated.


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