Police Draw Rifles, Descend Upon Quiet Street for Call

Area cops with AR-15 rifles poured into Ivyland Tuesday afternoon for reports of an armed subject. The incident turned out to be a strange misunderstanding.

Police cars zoomed to Brewster Drive in Ivyland and officers with service weapons and AR-15 patrol rifles drawn filed onto the residential street after reports of an armed subject Tuesday afternoon.

No arrests were made and, according to Ivyland police Chief Nicholas Rosato, the whole situation was the result of “misinformation.”

Police received reports of a subject with a gun on Brewster Drive near the Bucks County Emergency Services building in the early afternoon hours. The person with a gun was reported by dispatched to be involved with a domestic dispute, Rosato said.

“Warminster asked if I wanted help - I said yes,” the borough’s lone weekday patrolman and chief said.

Rosato was backed up by officers from Warminster arrived to a residence and discovered no problems. The homeowners even invited him in for coffee, he said with chuckle.

Further investigation revealed a separated husband and wife were in the process of moving their belongings out of a house several doors down, the chief said. Officers made contact with estranged couple and found there was no gun and no problem.

The response from area police and sheriff deputies was out of an abundance of caution, Rosato said. Confirming eyewitness accounts, Rosato reported that armed officers went through the quiet neighborhood with weapons drawn until the situation was sorted out.

“This is going to be one for the Ivyland history books,” said Rosato in a jovial tone.

Nicholas C Hillman January 22, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Out of control! Having weapons drawn, combing through a neighborhood based off of what? A tip that there maybe a domestic dispute and some one my own a gun? We should not jump to these levels cause thats when fear take in and mistakes happen and people may get hurt just because of miss information. I could understand if they new a armed robber was there or what not but this is not the case.
stating the facts January 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Mr. Hillman, go back to English class and don't speak up until "ur" homework is done! That means learning spelling and grammar. Then you can speak your piece about police work.
Reginald January 23, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Police Carry weapons and they should, Nick. Rifles, handguns whatever. I dont feel the need to Monday morning quarterback, but I guess you do. Why is this even news???? Did you know that anyone can walk down a public street in PA with a Rifle, handgun or shotgun without having a permit provided they have not been convicted of certain crimes? PA is an "open carry state". Permits are only required for concealed carry. Well they can...so the police obviously can. How the patch finds this is actually news worthy is beyond me!
Tony Simek January 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I'd have to wonder how much the Bucks County dispatching center had to do with this. Historically they are pretty worthless.
Beavis January 23, 2013 at 03:09 PM
They're only calling it a miscommunication because nobody wanted to report the real issue. http://i.imgur.com/o17DKi6.jpg
meowforpirates January 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM
HAHAHA!! Beavis, that is hilarious!!
Steve January 23, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Wheezes go grind your ax with bucks county headquarters somewhere else. If something would have happened, I'm you would have been the first to question why nothing was done. Please.
Joke January 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
What a joke Ivyland is, turn your heads, lets pretend crime doesn't happen in this little happy place, forget it is surrounded by Warminster.
18974 Resident January 23, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Ivyland is lucky to have a well trained police department surrounding it. If there was actually an armed subject who wanted to do harm it may be to late if the officer are not proactive and take the proper steps before encountering the potential threat. Any call that involves a gun should be dealt with seriously until as in this case it is deemed not to be a threat. I would rather the officers respond professionally, have the right equipment to take action in the case that it is needed and hope that they dont have to take the drastic action. As it is said, it is better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. Great job to Warminster PD for supporting the small boro of Ivyland and helping in what at the time appears to have come out as a potentially armed subject with unknown intentions. Thank you. The rest of you if you havent done Police work or understand what it is to respond to an unknown situation where there is a potential that some will try and do harm to you or those around you, and the decision you may have to make in usually made in a split second, please do not monday morning quarter back. You wouldnt ask the home owner in the middle of the night who heard noises down stairs to first go unarmed and check to see if it is nothing or potentially an armed burglar who wants to do you harm, it may be to late at that point. Better to carry a big stick and not need it then need it and not have it in this situation.
Kathleen January 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Better safe than sorry. Kudos to the police department for doing the job they are paid to do.
Sandy January 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
@stating the facts: Who are you, the grammar police of Patch? Get off your high horse and let this gentleman say what's on his mind. You think by belittling another it makes you appear smarter??? NO Only makes you an azz.
Zach Medina January 24, 2013 at 03:02 AM
HEY! There's a dinosaur on scene!!!
heather January 24, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I have respect for the officers but let's be honest the bucks .county have nothing better to do but run every ones tags and they are so cocky the police I give mad respect for is Philadelphia police they actually laugh at the county cops I think all county cops need to have a taste of real policeork and work in the city Badlands before they even become any officer anywhere
heather January 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
sorry phone stinks
leigh January 24, 2013 at 04:30 PM
While Warminster and other suburban police may not deal with what Philly cops do on a daily basis they are real police officers. I have dealt with police in Philly as well as several areas in Bucks and Montgomery County. Some are good, others are jerks...no matter where they are
A D E January 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM
JTE January 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Dinosaur on the right!
MMN January 25, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I think the bigger story is that apparently Jurassic Park exists in Warminster. I wouldn't be as calm as those police are in the photo with that dinosaur roaming around to the right.


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