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Police continue to look for standoff motive

Reported By: Melanie Gillespie
Written By: Marc Stempka

SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Investigators are continuing to work to learn more about why a Cambria County man barricaded himself inside a home, prompting an evacuation of neighbors and a disruption to school bus routes while police tried to get him to surrender.

State police at Ebensburg said Richard Goss Sr., 44, was holed up in a bedroom of a Greenwich Road home in Susquehanna Township for nearly seven hours Wednesday. Previous 6 News reports indicated a Robert Goss Sr., was involved in this incident, and we regret that inaccurate information.

Investigators spent Wednesday night searching Goss' home and property just outside Northern Cambria, looking for additional evidence.

Police were first called the home after Goss' girlfriend arrived there around 8 a.m. and found things out of place and the front door unlocked.

Police said Goss and his girlfriend, who was not named, had some kind of incident that resulted in troopers responding to the property.

"Some things he had done inside the residence, to the residence, and with their power and heating, she found it very unusual when she got home to find these things done to her residence," said Trooper Robert Kunsman of the Ebensburg barracks.

Goss refused to leave a back bedroom and troopers learned he had at least one rifle in his possession and may have had access to additional weapons. As a result, neighbors, like Paul Anderson, were asked to leave their homes for their safety, and a special emergency response team (SERT) was activated to home.

"I heard police cars and then the fire trucks came, and the fire truck turned in my driveway," Anderson said. "They told us to grab a winter jacket and your medications, whatever, and we'd have to leave for a little while."

Police shutdown Greenwich Road for hours and just before 3 p.m. Goss surrendered without incident, investigators said.

Anderson said he's lived on the road for years and said Goss mostly kept to himself.

Northern Cambria School District held students who lived in the Greenwich Road area at their schools at dismissal time for their safety, superintendent John Jubas said.

Students were kept until guardians with proper identification were able to pick them up.
Goss was taken to a mental health facility for an evaluation. There was no information about any possible charges he could be facing.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times