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Ferguson Township residents react to seven-hour police standoff
By: Lauren Hensley
There were some tense moments in Centre County after a seven-hour police standoff ended with no injuries. Ferguson Township police said it all happened on Circleville Road Monday night and into the early morning hours of Tuesday. According to police, they received a call of shots being fired in the neighborhood and responded. Police said after getting into an argument with family members a man armed himself and threatened to take his own life, or the life or anyone who interfered.
Ken Kinslow lives just feet away from where the standoff happened. "I heard two big pops. It sounded like someone was letting off a couple of M3s."
Kinslow lived in Ferguson Township with his wife and their four daughters. He was shocked to learn the standoff lasted seven hours and occurred just feet from his home. He said after hearing this noises he woke up and had to check everything out.
"I got up just to make sure nothing happened to the house next door because it is vacant," Kinslow said. "And that was it. It was really weird to hear in the middle of the night, but with New Year's coming we didn't know if it was that or not."
Police said the man involved in the standoff was reportedly intoxicated. They said he surrendered early Tuesday morning and is undergoing a mental health evaluation.