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More than 15 hours later, standoff ends in Stroud Township

Man found dead inside home

STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A man was found dead inside his home after a police standoff in Stroud Township, Monroe County that lasted more than 15 hours.

Police entered the home on Glenbrook Road around 2:30 a.m. and found the barricaded man, Michael Rogers, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Stroud Area Regional Police.

The standoff began around Wednesday morning, but police say the ongoing situation began several weeks ago.

Police said Rogers, 63, was served an eviction notice. When state constables went to enforce the eviction on December 26, they found a note on the front door from Rogers, saying anyone who entered the home by force was in danger of "lethal consequences." Officials also found a packet of threatening documents left outside the home, and all of the windows of the home were covered.

An arrest warrant was issued for Rogers on charges of terroristic threats and obstructing administration of law.

Over the next few weeks, authorities contacted Rogers numerous times to offer assistance, but officials say he refused any help and would not leave the home, police said.

Police said they conducted ongoing surveillance on Rogers' home, hoping for a peaceful resolution.

Rogers was seen outside of his home Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. Stroud Area Regional police officers tried to take him into custody, but he barricaded himself inside the home.

After numerous failed attempts to contact Rogers, a state police SWAT team was called in around 11 a.m. The standoff continued all day and into the night Wednesday. 

Loud booms sounded off throughout the afternoon and into the evening and, as the standoff dragged on, many residents were left either displaced from their homes or stuck inside as police blocked off part of the road.

Police finally entered the home around 2:30 a.m. and found Rogers dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Glenbrook Road reopened early Thursday morning as police wrapped up their investigation.

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