Crowd Cheers As Standoff Ends

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 1:21pm

New Jersey fugitive surrenders to police.

A police standoff in Pine Hill, New Jersey has ended peacefully.

Officers went to the house to serve a warrant for a man who was inside.

When they arrived, they say the suspect let a woman who was inside go and police led her to safety, unharmed.

Police and SWAT team members eventually made their way inside the house with a police dog.

While inside, investigators say there was a confrontation between the K-9 and the suspect.

He was captured and led out of the house by the SWAT team shortly after.

It's unclear if the man was armed though police say no weapons were fired.

A man who claims to be the owner of the home where the standoff took place said the suspect is the boyfriend of his 21-year-old daughter.

The homeowner says he was away while his daughter and her boyfriend were inside his house.

He also believes his daughter's boyfriend was wanted by police for a previous crime.

The homeowner says officers first came to his home Tuesday night looking for the suspect who wasn't there at the time.

Residents living near the home were evacuated during the ordeal.

While neighbors were told to stay away, a crowd gathered to watch the drama unfold from the street.

"We're seeing that our cops are doing what they're supposed to do in the line of duty to help us and protect us and keep us safe in our town," said Kelly Steiner. "And that's what it's supposed to be. That's their job."

"I can't go home," said Diane Padula. "All the streets are blocked and my groceries are in the car. I'm stuck out here and it's been going on since about 3:00 this afternoon."

"I live right down the street," said Sean McGovern. "This doesn't normally happen around here."
 

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