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Suspect shoots self after 18-hour standoff with police
There are new details in an 18-hour police standoff that occurred at a home in Johnstown over the weekend. It happened at a home in the Moxham section of the city and required the assistance of
local and state police.
The investigation is still early but police say there didn't appear to be any threats made against them but rather the suspect was threatening his own life. Still police say it's a situation that required the extreme precautions and one that could have taken a turn for the worst at any moment.
Johnstown police said they got called to a home on Forest Avenue on Saturday afternoon by Robert Mowery's
girlfriend, who told them he was holed up inside and wouldn't come out.
"When the officers arrived on
scene, they talked to the female and she advised that earlier in the week he had actually pulled a handgun and pointed it at her and threatened her and himself," said Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust.
Police say Mowery had barricaded himself in a second floor bedroom -- and advised them he had guns -- that he was going to
take his life.
"Obviously we were concerned for the neighbors and the surrounding houses because he did have access to windows and so forth and we were aware that he was relatively heavily armed," said Foust.
Johnstown police secured the scene all day Saturday and received assistance from the Cambria County SERT team and state police who tried to negotiate with Mowery. But police said it wasn't until almost 18 hours later, on Sunday morning, when the standoff came to an end.
"A gunshot was heard from inside the room and officers entered and found him with a self inflicted gun shot wound to the chin," said Foust.
Mowery is facing several
charges, including terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment. Police said Monday he was still being treated at the hospital but is expected to eventually go to jail.