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Stroud Township standoff goes on for more than 12 hours

Police continually trying to communicate with man.

STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A police standoff in Stroud Township entered its twelfth hour around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team continually tried to communicate with the man, believed to be Michael Rogers, as he was barricaded inside a home at 5555 Glenbrook Road.

"He was being evicted and there was a standoff where he was refusing to leave and making terroristic threats," said neighbor June Smith.

Smith lives a few houses down. She noticed Stroud Area Regional Police blocking off her street when she came home from work around 11:30 a.m. to walk her dog.

"This is a very quiet neighborhood generally, not used to this much activity," said Smith.

Rogers is no stranger to police.

Court documents show he was charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats back in December.

Neighbors say it was well known he was getting evicted but no one expected this.

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.

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