WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The suspect in a fatal shooting in Plymouth surrendered peacefully to authorities Friday, but only after a lengthy standoff that shut down a neighborhood and drew a heavily armored state police tactical team to the scene.
Kyon Dane McDonald, 34, was found hiding inside 5 N. Walnut St. in Wilkes-Barre Township on Friday morning, about 20 hours after he was named a suspect in the shooting death of Tierees Owens, 33, outside Robby Nick’s Sports Bar on East Main Street in Plymouth.
The standoff began at about 9 a.m. when neighbors said they noticed two unmarked cruisers parked nearby. They were told to leave their residences at about 11 a.m. when specially trained troopers with the Community Emergency Response Tactical Team, or CERT, arrived.
A staging area was set up on Zonko Street as East Northampton Street to Slattery Street was closed to traffic and pedestrians. A gas station at East Northampton and North Walnut streets was closed during the standoff.
Armed troopers with assault rifles, an armored personnel carrier and an improvised Bobcat with a battering ram surrounded the apartment building at about 1 p.m. Heavily armored troopers with assault rifles concealed themselves behind buildings.
Two flashback grenades went off to alert McDonald the building he occupied was surrounded.
A trooper used a megaphone to communicate with McDonald pleading with him to surrender.
“If you continue to resist us, we’re going to come in and get you. We’re not going anywhere,” the trooper was heard saying through the megaphone.
McDonald emerged from a door on the ground floor and was instructed to get on the ground and wait to be handcuffed.
Wearing a white tank top and dark colored pants, McDonald surrendered peacefully around 2 p.m. He was transported to the state police barracks in Wyoming for processing.
Soon after McDonald was taken away, streets and the gas station reopened.
An arrest warrant was signed Thursday charging McDonald, of Plymouth, with an open count of criminal homicide.
Investigators alleged he fired multiple rounds that struck Owens, who was pronounced dead at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital at 3:08 a.m. Thursday.
Solomon Creek search
Troopers with the Forensic Services Unit later processed the apartment on North Walnut Street.
About 5 p.m., a state police Forensic Services van showed up with unmarked cruisers and Hanover Township police vehicles behind the KFC at Carey and Oxford streets.
The lawmen, one leading a dog and another with a metal detector, were searching along a stretch of Solomon Creek that runs behind the restaurant.
A state police investigator confirmed the search was related to McDonald’s case, but he would not say what police were looking for or if they found it.
“We were looking along the bank,” he said.
Troopers were still at the scene at 5:45 p.m., but it appeared they were done combing the area at that point.