State police trying to arrest a fugitive in Lackawanna backed down Monday afternoon when confronted with a loaded assault rifle, prompting a brief standoff that ended peacefully.
Investigators Paul J. Bigelow and Joseph C. Mullins of the Violent Felony Warrant Squad went to a Millhurst Road residence in search of Daven Ellis, 41, who was wanted for a parole violation in Texas.
But after Ellis allegedly pointed a loaded assault rifle at Bigelow, the investigators called for assistance at 3:18 p.m. from city police and additional troopers. Ellis's girlfriend had been in the residence with him, but "she left after the gun was pointed at Investigator Bigelow," Lackawanna Police Capt. Thomas Brooks said.
Residents of adjacent buildings were evacuated and Detective Allen Knaszak and Officer Al Monaco negotiated for Ellis's surrender. Monaco, who is acquainted with Ellis, talked to him over the telephone, the captain said.
Ellis came outside without the weapon at 4:07 p.m., Brooks said. Police recovered the assault rifle and loaded clip of ammunition, as well as an ejected shell.
Ellis was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. He is facing 20 years in prison in Texas in connection with a burglary conviction, Brooks said.