An Egg Harbor Township man attempted to enter a neighbor's home by kicking her door early Thursday morning and then fired a gun at the home, starting a 12-hour standoff with police.

Man Broke Porch Lights, Kicked Neighbor's Door, Fired Shot at Home

Egg Harbor Township Police say they received a call at 3:37 am Thursday from a woman on the 4000 block of Tremont Avenue about a neighbor attempting to break into her home.

The woman said the man was kicking her front door and breaking porch lights as he attempted to get into her home. When the man left her property, he went to his home across the street and fired at least one shot at the woman's home.

Atlantic County SWAT Joined Egg Harbor Township Police on the Scene

Police and members of the Atlantic County SWAT team arrived at 4901 Tremont Avenue a little after 4 am and made contact with the suspect, Joseph Dill, according to a release from Egg Harbor Township Police.

Although contact was made, Dill stayed in his home and was uncooperative.

The Standoff Lasted 12 Hours

Police secured the area and throughout the day travel restrictions remained in effect. Tremont Avenue, Bates Avenue, and streets in the immediate area were shut down. Schools were informed to have buses avoid the area and the lockdown continued throughout the day.

The Suspect Surrendered

12 hours later, at about 3:40 pm, Joseph Dill surrendered to police, left his home, and was arrested. Under a court order, multiple firearms were seized from Dill’s residence.

The area was determined to be safe and the streets were reopened. Egg Harbor Township Police say no one was injured.

Dill is Charged

Joseph Dill was charged with attempted burglary criminal mischief, and harassment. Police say he was released on summonses related to this case but held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on a separate criminal warrant.

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