Man Dead After Standoff in Lycoming County

CUMMINGS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A seven and a half hour standoff in the Village of Waterville, near Jersey Shore ended with the shooter dead.

It all started around 5 a.m. on Monday.

The original call was for a medical issue and then it turned into a barricaded gunman situation," said Trooper Angela Bieber.

According to state police, when the EMS crew arrived at 62-year-old Brant Hartung's home on Church Street, Hartung would not let them inside because he thought someone was trying to come in and poison him.

Hartung then barricaded himself inside with a gun.

When troopers arrived, Hartung shot at them.

The standoff lasted for more than seven hours.

Around 12:30 p.m., Hartung started shooting at troopers again, this time troopers fired back and one of those shots hit and killed Hartung.

According to state police, Hartung had been acting strangely over the weekend shooting at his chickens because they would not listen to him.

"It didn't surprise me because I know the person is a bit unstable I guess I would say and has had altercations with other people and myself and my grandchildren," said Melanie Reading, neighbor.

Melanie Reading and other neighbors who live near Hartung are sad about what happened but not surprised.

"We've been friends with him, we've been enemies with him. But we never quite expected that. It's sad when anything ends that way. We're just glad nobody else got hurt," said Reading.

16 comments

    • jimbrony

      You know, you keep referencing dung a lot. I thought you had a scat fetish too, this just proves it. Hey, like I said before-if it works for you… By the way, did you enjoy the performance by that LBGTQIA Navy boy when I saw you duck (no pun intended) into that club with your Big Bird suit on?

  • jimbrony

    Aww, is somebody butt-hurt? Another *poof*… I would think after all the action at the Furry Extravaganza this past week that ALBERTCOHOL (aka PEATERMOSS) would be too tired to show up and read the comments. Hey – only 30 days until February Furr-palooza! I’ll bet your counting the days, Al.

    • albertcohol

      As usual you went whining to Daddy and
      The moderator deleted all previous comments, but YOU the loser insist on showing your true colors.
      Parrot 🦜 green and yellow ( streaked back ).

  • gutterratt

    “”We’ve been friends with him, we’ve been enemies with him. But we never quite expected that.” That’s usually how it rolls with schizophrenics.

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