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SWAT team descends on Delco babysitter after gunfire

A Darby Township man is under arrest after a standoff with a SWAT team this morning in Delaware County. Cops think he might have gotten drunk and "let some rounds go" when he was supposed to be watching his girlfriend's 1-year-old boy. Ammo was found in a refrigerator and a .38-caliber revolver in a bathroom ceiling.

SWAT team descends on Delco babysitter after gunfire

Featherstone-Brown
Featherstone-Brown

I get it, OK? You're sippin' on a 40, puffin' on a blunt, you might get the urge to pop off a few rounds from your favorite firearm. It's the Cypress Hill trifecta.

Doesn't mean the neighbors aren't going to call the cops. Nor is it a good idea when your girlfriend's 1-year-old boy is in the house.

But that's what Darien Edward Featherstone-Brown, 22, of Darby Township, was arrested for today after Collingdale Police responded to a home on Chester Pike at 4:15 a.m. for reports of shots fired.

Inside, they found a box of .38-caliber ammo in the refrigerator, a revolver in the ceiling of the bathroom, several bottles of open malt liquor and suspected marijuana. Police say Featherstone-Brown and two juvenile males were seen running upstairs and turning the lights out when they arrived. Then the SWAT team showed up. The standoff ended without incident a few hours later.

None of the three would 'fess up to what happened. Cops say four to seven shots were fired.

“My gut is telling me they were drinking, hootin' and hollerin', and they let some rounds go," said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams. "You can’t do that."

Adams said Featherstone-Brown was supposed to be babysitting his girlfriend's kid. She was at work. The kid wasn't hurt and no injuries were reported, although a guy who was walking past the house was sort of freaked out.

"He ducked and called 9-1-1," Adams said.

Featherstone-Brown faces a long list of offenses, including reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, corruption of minors and gun charges.

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