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Man kills self in standoff

April 9, 2012
Salem News

NORTH BEAVER, Pa. - A Columbiana County man reportedly committed suicide Sunday in a standoff with police at the site of a house fire.

Channel 27, identified the man as Ronald Covert, 53, of the Negley area.

According to Channel 27, North Beaver Township firefighters responded at 2 p.m. to a home on New Road that was engulfed in flames. Covert was reportedly outside with a shotgun and would not let firefighters near the home, Channel 27 said.

Firefighters contacted state police. They repeatedly told Covert to drop the gun, police told Channel 27, but instead he shot himself in the head.

The home was owned by Linda Shoaff, whom Channel 27 described as Covert's on again, off again girlfriend who had a protection order against him.



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