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Aerials: SWAT units surround Berkeley home with gunman inside

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore
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BERKELY, Missouri (KMOV) – St. Louis County SWAT was on the scene of a standoff at a home in Berkeley on Thursday.

Police confirmed a 51-year-old gunman, identified by a family attorney as Kelvin Purnel, is alone inside his house in the 6700 block of Carol Lee Drive.

According to the attorney, a social worker and police officer came to the home earlier Thursday to bring Purnel’s father to a medical facility to be cared for.

The attorney says Purnel did not want his father to be removed from the house and the incident boiled when he exchanged words with the social worker and officer.

According to police, one shot was fired at an officer, but no one was hit.

The social worker and officer ran from the scene and the elderly man was freed.

SWAT units arrived to the scene a short time later in an effort to talk Purnel out of the house.

Berkeley Middle School officials said the school was on a low-level precautionary lockdown, as classes were still going on, but no one was allowed in or out of the building.

The family attorney says Purnel may not give up and is capable of violence.

Additional details surrounding the incident are still unclear.

Stay with KMOV.com or watch News 4 at 5 for the latest on this developing situation.

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