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(PHILADELPHIA) — An off-duty New Jersey police officer who engaged in a firefight with police was taken into custody Sunday night after a 10-hour standoff.

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

The standoff began after Doylestown police were called to a “neighbor dispute” at 25 Bittersweet Drive around 1:44 p.m.

ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported that the home belongs to Klementovich’s estranged wife.  The Clifton Township police officer 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 actions on Sunday but authorities have been at the home before for domestic disputes, according to WPVI.

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