A 50-year-old man was taken into custody after he barricaded himself inside a Susquehanna County home.

Authorities say David Shears of Little Meadows was arrested early Wednesday (April 13) morning following a standoff that lasted several hours.

According to state police, Shears was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after he was exposed to tear gas. Charges will be filed when he is released.

Investigators say police were called to 629 Pennsylvania Avenue at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a reported disturbance with gun shots fired.

Shears allegedly had pointed a rifle at Colin Clements, who also lives in the residence. Shears was said to have threatened to kill Clements.

A neighbor heard a gunshot and what he believed was a bullet striking his house.

Police tried for hours to convince Shears to leave the house. Despite phone calls from his parole officer, relatives, friends and troopers, Shears would not come out.

A state police Special Emergency Response Team entered the residence around 6 a.m. and took the man into custody.

Neighbors had reported hearing gunfire but authorities say no shots were fired by Shears or state police. Investigators say the noise was from tear gas rounds being deployed into the house.

Police did not say what caused the initial disturbance.

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