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UPDATE: Police presence at Willis Ave. and East Olive St. ends

Both streets are now open and residents are allowed to enter and leave the area
Bridgeport Police officer at scene on Willis Avenue
Bridgeport Police officer at scene on Willis Avenue(Ian Roth)
Published: Sep. 5, 2021 at 7:19 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 9:40 P.M.

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - The large police presence at the corner of Willis Avenue and East Olive Street appears to have concluded.

Bridgeport Police Chief, John Walker, confirmed with 5 News that officers were dispatched to Willis Ave. around 5:00 Sunday evening. The original call was designated as a “Domestic.”

Chief Walker says when officers arrived they discovered a gas line had been broken inside the home.

A female who was in the residence at the time told officers that her husband inside the home was upset and had broken the gas line himself. At that time, the Bridgeport Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene.

Walker says traffic was rerouted around the corner of Willis Ave. and East Olive St. for the public’s safely.

Chief Walker told 5 News during that time, the police tried to make contact with the individual inside the residence. 5′s Ian Roth, who was on scene, heard officers calling out to the suspect via loudspeaker to “come out with your hands up” and that he was “not under arrest.” Police also tried to contact the suspect on his cell phone while he was inside the home.

During the 3 hour event, officers had their guns drawn and pointed at the house.

Chief Walker says officers did finally make contact with the husband. 5′s Ian Roth saw the suspect make a brief appearance on the front porch of the residence around 8:00 P.M. Police did not move toward the home and no shots were fired during the encounter.

It was shortly after that when agencies began to exit the scene. Chief Walker says the event ended without incident.

As of 9:00 P.M., both streets are now passable and residents can enter and leave the area.

There is still no word on what charges, if any, are being pressed. Stick with 5 News as this story develops.

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