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Man Accused Of Firing At Police During Fanwood, N.J. Standoff

Standoff Lasted About 8 Hours Beginning Late Friday Night
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FANWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man was in custody Saturday, after allegedly firing several shots at police during a lengthy standoff at a Fanwood, N.J. home.

John Antonucci, 49, of Fanwood, was taken into custody around 7 a.m. Saturday, about eight hours after the standoff began at a borough residence, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s office.

It was not clear Saturday afternoon what sparked the incident.

Police responded to the Locust Avenue home after a neighbor called 911 and reported shots had been fired around 11 p.m. Friday. When officers arrived on scene, Antonucci allegedly started yelling at them and was seen in a window brandishing his weapon. He then allegedly fired shots at the officers who returned fire, but no injuries were reported during the standoff.

The incident also shut down New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line in both directions because Antonucci allegedly fired shots toward the train tracks. Buses were used to transport passengers while the standoff was ongoing, but the rail service soon resumed after Antonucci was captured.

Authorities said Antonucci was alone in the home and had more than a dozen short and long barrel firearms inside his home. His bail was set at $500,000, and he was expected to face multiple weapons charges and other offenses.

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