‘Active shooter’ in Waterville

Suspect not in custody at press time early Monday afternoon

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Police converge in the Waterville Hotel parking lot.

WATERVILLE — An “active shooter” was reportedly still hold up in his home near Waterville at press time early Monday afternoon.

Although state police would not confirm the man’s identity, numerous neighbors identified him as Brant Hartung, 64, of Church Street in Waterville.

It was reported that Hartung called for an ambulance at around 5:30 a.m. Monday and said he was having chest pains.

When EMS arrived, he began acting strangely, EMS contacted state police.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette described the scene as a “hostage situation.”

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Local and state police discuss action before approaching the active shooter reported in Waterville early Monday morning.

Police converged on the area shortly after 8 a.m.

There were dozens of police cruisers as well as some military-grade police vehicles and heavily-armed state troopers.

Several rounds of gunfire were exchanged between Hartung and state police.

As of press time, no injuries were reported.

Neighbors described Hartung as a “good guy.”

A large group of his friends and neighbors gathered at McConnell’s Country Store and Deli as the scene unfolded.

It is not known if Hartung is employed. Neighbors said that he was an avid antique collector and often volunteered his time.

Dozens of calls were received at The Express, starting at about 8 a.m. Monday, reporting the sighting of a large number of state police cruisers speeding up Route 44. The cruisers, with lights and sirens activated, were coming from both the Montoursville and Lamar stations.

An emergency medical helicopter was called to the scene as a precautionary measure. However, it was cancelled due to weather.

In the Waterville area, the highway and other nearby roads in the Pine Creek Valley had been shut down.

Police asked motorists and residents to avoid the area.

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