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Bernardsville SWAT Standoff is Resolved

A three-hour standoff in Bernardsville Township that involved a man who barricaded himself inside of a house has been resolved tonight, according to authorities.

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At about 10:30 p.m. Bernardsville Township officials sent out an automated phone call to residents saying the situation was under control and it would take an hour for police to clear up the scene, according to township Councilman John Farrell.

A SWAT team reported responded to a house on Anderson Hill Road in Bernardsville at about 7 p.m., according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and a report by the Basking Ridge Patch.

A witness told News 12 New Jersey that Somerset County sheriff’s officers may have been trying to serve a warrant on a man when he barricaded himself inside a house, possibly with weapons. Streets around the house were blocked off by police for several hours, and some residents were evacuated.

About 8 p.m. local police called the Bernardsville library asking to them to stay open to receive people who have been evacuated from their homes, said Pat Kennedy-Grant, a library employee.

In a two-hour period, seven residents from homes evacuated on Anderson Hill Road and Elmer Avenue checked in and left their phone numbers to be notified when they could return to their homes, said Kennedy-Grant, a reader services manager there.

Residents were calm, she said.

Police did not tell them any details about the situation, she said.


Information from: The Star-Ledger,


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