Deadly standoff leaves man's home in shambles

July 7, 2011 8:18:55 AM PDT
The man who called police to turn in Mark Geisenheyener doesn't know where to begin cleaning up his home after the bloody end to Monday's standoff.

Gary Krobath pointed out to Action News the damage done inside his house in the 4300 block of Post Road in Trainer, Delaware County.

"It's a complete mess, everything's pretty smashed. All my tables, all my windows, my rugs are burnt," Krobath said.

The rugs are burnt from the tear gas, the smell of which still hangs in the air.

It was on Monday morning, after a standoff, police shot and killed 51-year-old Mark Geisenheyner.

Geisenheyner was the man wanted for shooting five people on Saturday inside a vacation home in Douglass Township. Two were killed, including a 2-year-old boy.

Geisenheyner fled to his friend, Krobath's, home to hide and told him everything.

"I was just horrified. The 2-year-old kid was what stuck in my mind. It's not good to kill anybody, but the 2-year old-kid, he couldn't eyewitness him. He couldn't talk about him, he couldn't do nothing," Krobath said.

Gary eventually persuaded Geisenheyner to get some sleep in his guest room.

Geisenheyner left him with a warning if someone came to the door.

"He said, if it's the police, grab your wife and just get down and duck into a corner. I'm going to shoot it out," Krobath said.

Gary went downstairs and tried to contact people online, afraid to use the phone.

After a couple of hours, he hustled Trish out the back door and called the police.

"I am like 'look, I have got the guy who killed the people in my room, sleeping. I need help,'" Krobath said.

He and his wife Trish then ran from the house.

During the standoff that followed, the police lobbed dozens of flash bangs and tear gas cannisters through every window of the house.

When they went in, they ransacked the place looking for Geisenheyner.

They found him hiding behind a clothes dryer in the basement where he was shot and killed.

The dryer is riddled with bullet holes.

Gary has no renters insurance, and his home has been left uninhabitable. Krobath knows he did the right thing, but wonders now what he'll do without the money for the clean-up and not much more than the clothes on his back.

"I am happy that the guy got caught, but now my life's upside down," Krobath said.