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Update: Man dies after shooting himself in Mountville

A man called 9-1-1 on Saturday morning and told police his friend was armed and he was concerned he'd try to hurt himself.
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LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — UPDATE (4:30 p.m): A man died in his home today on the first block of East Main Steet in Mountville after shooting himself police said.

On Saturday morning officers were dispatched after someone called 9-1-1 and said his friend was armed and he was concerned he might try to harm himself.

Police called SERT for assistance and a negotiator got on the phone with the man who was alone in his home officials said.

Officers and SERT entered the home after a gunshot was heard around 1:00 p.m. and found the man on a rear porch with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead shortly after according to the police release.

The district attorney's office said the preliminary investigation shows the man shot himself. During the incident, neither police nor SERT entered the home nor had face-to-face contact with the man.

The surrounding streets were closed for a few hours and residents were advised to evacuate or take shelter in their basement.

Police said the man did not threaten anyone prior to the gunshot.

His name is being withheld at this time.

Officials are continuing their investigation.

UPDATE (2:00 p.m): Roads are now back open. 

The Lancaster SERT (Special Emergency Response Team ) including a negotiator, is leaving the scene.

UPDATE (1:15 p.m): Lancaster emergency dispatch said there is a shelter-in-place in the area of this incident.

According to dispatch, the incident involves one person.

PREVIOUS: There is an active police incident in Mountville Borough according to emergency dispatch and people are being advised to stay away from the area.

The roads in the area of and surrounding East Main Street and Mulberry Road are currently closed.

Armed officials are stationed at Mountville Elementary School.

FOX43 is on the scene and we will provide updates as more information becomes available.