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Bethlehem man dead after standoff with police

Bethlehem man dead after standoff with police

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A police standoff has ended with the death of an elderly man in Bethlehem.

Police say the man fired shots at them before taking his own life.

"Frank was a nice guy, a very gentle man," a neighbor told us.

However court records indicate Frank Story changed his life's narrative last night.

Those records say the 90 year old was involved in a five-hour standoff with police, during which Story fired 12 shots at police from his Winters Avenue, Bethlehem apartment.

Court records did say 92 year old Lois Story was taken from the apartment before her husband started firing shots.

The chaos started around 8 p.m. Wednesday night when police received a call stating a 90 year old man wanted to kill himself with a handgun.

By 10:30 p.m. residents were evacuated.

At midnight police say Story was firing shots.

Some of the bullets aimed at officers inside the apartment hallway, others at police vehicles, even a police robot.

By 2:45 a.m. the World War II vet was found dead inside his home. His death is being ruled a suicide.

"Everyone is in shock a little bit."

Close friend Debbie O'Donnell also says aside from being a World War II vet, Story is a retired Bethlehem Steel man.

She says the couple had been married for more than 66 years.

They didn't have children but loved animals.

"He always fed bread to rabbits and squirrels got peanuts,' She said.

But the question now is: what caused the man to turn his life's ending into a horror story?

Several neighbors did tell us Story had severe heath problems.

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