Police in Indiana Township, Pennsylvania are claiming that a local man threatened to shoot them as the officers were holding his mother at the police station. The man was arrested and charged with 16 counts related to the incident, including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. It does not appear that the man had a gun at the scene.
The incident began shortly after police came to the man’s parents’ house at the request of his father. The man’s mother suffers from dementia and reportedly became violent. The father reportedly asked police to take his wife to a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh. The officers took her from her home and to the police station as they prepared to transport her to the hospital. The officers kept the woman locked in their squad car while at the station.
As the officers got ready, the woman’s son drove up to the station. He asked the officers to release the woman into his custody but the officers refused. He attempted to open the squad car door but it was locked. The officers moved to arrest him but he got back into his pickup truck. The officers claim that the man said he was “getting a gun and taking care of you guys.”
He then put the truck in reverse, nearly hitting an officer who was standing near the rear bumper, the officers said. The man allegedly tried to hit the officers with his truck a second time as one officer pointed his gun at him and another attempted to break his driver’s side window. The man then drove off at an “extremely high rate of speed,” according to police.
Several officers chased the man, 49, back to his parents’ house and surrounded it. The officers said they had reason to know the man owned several guns which he stored in the home. The suspect eventually surrendered to authorities. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being booked into jail.
Though there were no apparent injuries, the man faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault, attempted assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Man charged after confrontation with police,” Chuck Biedka, Oct. 25, 2011