NJ Cop in Custody After Standoff With Police

PHOTO: Richard Klementovich, an off-duty New Jersey policeman allegedly engaged in a firefight with police and was taken into custody after a 10-hour standoff.
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An off-duty New Jersey policeman, who allegedly engaged in a firefight with police, was taken into custody after a 10-hour standoff.

Richard Klementovich, 42, surrendered outside a home in Bucks County, Pa., at 11:45 p.m. Sunday night. He was wearing a ballistic vest and gas mask.

The standoff began after Doylestown police were called to a "neighbor dispute" at the home at 1:44 p.m.

The home belongs to Klementovich's estranged wife, ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported.

Klementovich of the Clifton, N.J., police department allegedly engaged in a firefight with police and shot the tires and video camera out of an armored SWAT vehicle.

Authorities said one police officer was injured by flying concrete when a bullet struck the sidewalk. He was released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Klementovich reportedly had 2,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple rifles.

His wife and two young children were safely out of the house during the barricade situation, according to WPVI. Media helicopters were cleared out of the range of the holed up gunman, and area residents were warned to seek the safety of their basements as gunfire echoed throughout the neighborhood.

Police are not certain what exactly led to Klementovich's alleged actions Sunday but authorities have been at the home before for domestic disputes, according to WPVI.

Klementovich will be charged with 13 counts of criminal attempted homicide, recklessly endangering and related offenses regarding the initial officers who responded to the scene, according Dean Logan, chief of the Doylestown Township police department.

ABC News' Richard Esposito and Candace Smith contributed to this report.

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