BREAKING: Police involved in chase, now standoff on North Gallatin Ave. in #Uniontown. Shots reportedly fired. #HSUTN pic.twitter.com/fhTb45Ca73The coverage was all pretty good, by the way, but at this point, you can just read the news articles. And some of the photos are insane. But the short version: cops got suspicious when they saw two people camping in Dunbar (camping in the Nam is equal parts normal and suspicious), which led to suspicions they were trying to make meth in a trailer. Then they took off in a pickup truck, and a chase ensued that went through Connellsville then around Uniontown, when the truck wrecked and they went into a house, where said standoff started.
— Herald-Standard (@hsuniontown) September 27, 2013
Now, I didn't see any of this until it had already been going on for several hours, so by the time I got to it, they were mostly tweeting updates on the situation but not discussing the actual location. And then I saw where the chase ended up.
This is a post from my friend Bianca. Obviously, my first reaction was, "Oh, shit, scary that this is happening so close to B and her family!" My second reaction was, "Wait a second. My parents' house is pretty close to that, too." Not nearly as close as Bianca's and therefore not as much cause for concern, but still alarming. Unless you're my mom.
Me: I hear the SWAT team is in town! Mom: Yeah…LOL…Just another day in Fayette County! #FayetteStandoffMy parents had actually been out of town, didn't know anything was happening, and tried to take the Gallatin Avenue exit off of 119 to get home, which basically leads you straight into the cop cars and SWAT team.
— Janelle Sheetz (@LittleJanelleS) September 27, 2013
A few schools were closed, including Laurel Highlands high school, which is basically right up the road. In fact, Laurel Highlands High School traffic in the afternoon is a major reason why this intersection totally blows. The other reason is hills and bad drivers. Why is this not a three-way stop!?
In the end, two people were taken into custody and the man who barricaded himself in the house was found dead inside.
@hsuniontown I hope the State Police help the Uniontown Police wheel the cannon back up to the Court House. #HSUTN #sasquatch #WV #WVAAnd I don't think it's a coincidence that this all happened on the same day Michael's opened in town.
— Krafty.Wurker (@KraftyWurker) September 28, 2013