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Man shot in face, Monroe resident charged

Published November 10. 2009 05:00PM

A Monroe County man has been jailed following a shooting incident that occurred Monday evening in Lower Towamensing Township, in which another man was shot in the face.

State police at Lehighton have charged Brian James-Paul Hines, 35, of Brodheadsville, with eight criminal counts including criminal attempted homicide. He is charged with shooting Gary Marshall Hoffer, 31, of 375 Lower Smith Gap Road, in the face during a confrontation outside of the victim's home.

Hines was arraigned early this morning before duty Disrict Judge Joseph Homanko, of Weatherly, on the attempted homicide count and two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and one count each of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Homanko set bail at $1 million straight. Hines was committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning.

Trooper Patrick Finn gave the following account of what happened.

About 6:30 p.m. Hines, with his girlfriend in the car, identified as Anna Winger, drove by Hoffer's residence, then parked his car along a dirt road about 80 yards from the home.

Hoffer was leaving his residence with a friend, Jason Boyle, and noticed Hines drive past his house and observed him park his car on the dirt road.

At this point, Finn said, the two began to argue while in their respective vehicles, about a heater missing from Hines' trailer.

The two passengers in the car, Winger and Boyle, exited the vehicles while the argument continued between Hines and Hoffer. Hoffer then exited his vehicle and continued to argue with Hines, who remained in his vehicle.

Police said Hines then displayed a .380-caliber pistol and shot one round into Hoffer's face.

Finn said the bullet entered Hoffer's upper jaw and lodged in his head.

Hines then left the scene and drove to Lake Mineola, exited his vehicle, and threw the gun into the woods.

Hines then switched vehicles and went to his residence to shower.

Hines later spoke with troopers and agreed to come to the barracks.

He later came to the baracks with the pistol and gave it to them.

Troopers said they believe the gun given to them by the defendant was the one used to shoot Hoffer.

Hoffer was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he underwent surgery, troopers said. No condition report was available on Hoffer at presstime.

A preliminary hearing in the case was tentatively set by Homanko for the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton, of Palmerton, for Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

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