‘Active shooter’ killed by police

WATERVILLE – An hours-long standoff at Waterville ended when a man who fired at police was killed by officers, according to state police.

State police troopers and other law enforcement swarmed to a cabin at Waterville – along Route 44 in the Pine Creek Valley – after shots were fired early Monday.

Ultimately, Brant Hartung of Waterville, was declared deceased after 12:30 p.m., said state police, after he reportedly fired shots at police and the Special Emergency Response Team, prompting their return fire.

Hartung placed a call to emergency services requesting assistance at his home between the Pine Creek and the Pine Creek Rail Trail at about 5:30 a.m., said state police Trooper Angela Beiber. An EMS unit ambulance responded.

“It came in as barricaded gunman once (the ambulance) arrived on scene,” Beiber said. “At around 6 or 7 a.m, we set up a perimeter (around the home).”

SERT and state police used the nearby Waterville Inn as a staging area site as they negotiated with the unidentified man.

“At approximately 12:30 p.m. he fired upon us, we returned, and he was ultimately killed at that point,” said Beiber.

Police said at least one neighbor was evacuated from the area.