Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brighton Heights Standoff Ends Peacefully

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brighton Heights Standoff Ends Peacefully

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A three-hour standoff in Brighton Heights ended peacefully early this morning when a retired firefighter who refused to leave his home surrendered after hearing a pre-recorded message from his mother.

Marc Vrane, who is in his early 40s, was transported to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where he will undergo a mental evaluation that police will use to help determine whether he should face criminal charges.

Pittsburgh officers were called to his home in the 4000 block of Brandon Road before 9:45 p.m. Tuesday after several neighbors called 911 to say he was firing shots into the trees.

At the time, the neighbors were not sure whether he was using a real weapon or a pellet gun. By the time officers arrived, Mr. Vrane had already retreated to his home. He refused to come out as officers, including some from the city's SWAT team, repeatedly called for him to exit the building with his arms up. At one point, he threatened to harm both himself and officers if police entered his home, said Cmdr. …

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