Pulaski man charged in Saturday standoff at his home

Police said Pope was shooting a gun inside his house and at a vehicle in the driveway

PULASKI, Pa. (WYTV) – A man has been charged in relation to a standoff at his home in Pulaski township on May 28.

The SWAT team and multiple police departments shut down a road for hours, later taking custody of a man who they said was firing shots on his property on State Route 208. A parade was occurring that day, and witnesses called police to report the man was firing assault rifles in the area.

The man, now identified as Russell Pope, II, was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation after refusing to come out of his home. Pope was removed after officers fired tear gas and pepper spray into the home.

He is now charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and harassment, according to a Pulaski Township Police report.

The report says Pope was shooting a gun inside his house and at a vehicle in the driveway. Police said there were multiple bullet holes in the house and the truck when officers arrived.

When Pope was taken into custody, he admitted to drinking whiskey and firing the weapon, police said.

A family member told police that Pope has been twice committed to mental health facilities in the past.

Police said officers collected 23 rifles, three pistols and ammo from the home.

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