UPDATE (11:00 p.m.) -- The suspect in the standoff incident has been identified as 20-year-old William Hudock. Athens Township Police Chief Roger Clink tells WENY News that the whole incident began around 7:20 p.m. last night. Police were attempting to serve a warrant to Hudock at his home, located at 791 Pennsylvania Ave.
That's when, according to authorities, Hudock barricaded himself inside the home, alone, along with an assault rifle. Throughout the standoff, multiple departments were called in for backup, including Athens Township Police Department, Sayre Borough Police Department, and Pennsylvania State Police CERT Team. PSP brought in an armored vehicle, resembling a small bulldozer.
Police had blocked off a number of streets and were only allowing people who lived on Pennsylvania Ave. to access the road. WENY News crews did witness multiple neighbors walking in and out of their homes, and some even sitting in lawn chairs as the situation took place.
More information is expected to be released Thursday regarding the incident. Stay with WENY News as we continue to follow this developing story.
UPDATE (8:19 p.m.) -- Police say the suspect involved in the 20 hour standoff in Athens Township has been taken into custody. They have not been identified at this time.
They say the suspect was taken into custody without injury.
The standoff began around 11 p.m. last night at a home near the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and McDuffee Street.
UPDATE (7:15 p.m.) -- According to reporters on-scene, within the past hour and a half, they have heard two loud bangs. It is currently unclear what those were at this time.
Additionally, some neighbors on Pennsylvania Avenue have been allowed back outside of their homes.
UPDATE (5:05 p.m.) -- Our on-scene crew reports that an armored vehicle resembling a small bulldozer has been brought onto the scene by a Pennsylvania State Police tractor-trailer.
UPDATE (2:16 p.m.) -- Pennsylvania State Police on scene are saying they are dealing with a possible hostage situation.
They have parts of Pennsylvania Avenue closed of as they deal with the situation.
UPDATE (2:08 P.M.) -- According to our on-scene crew, Athens Police responded to a home in the area last night and later this morning, State Troopers were called in for assistance.
Currently, the Athens Township SWAT Team is on scene.
ATHENS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WENY) -- There have been reports of a heavy police presence and a possible stand off in Athens Township.
Initial reports say the situation is happening at the intersection of McDuffee Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and McDuffee Street is closed.
WENY has a crew on scene. We will provide any updates as we get them on air and online.