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Schuylkill man is charged with pointing gun at police

Published August 31. 2013 09:00AM

State police have charged a West Brunswick Township man with attempted homicide for pointing a rifle at a trooper.

Edward C. Hill, 54, of Mohrsville, is in Schuylkill County Prison under $250,000 cash bail. He is also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and other offenses.

According to police, the situation unfolded at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday as Hill got into a physical altercation with Edward Welty, who is the caretaker of the mobile home park where Hill lived. State police at Schuylkill Haven were called, and a trooper was talking with Welty when he saw a man walking on the nearby railroad tracks. Welty identified the man as Hill.

The trooper yelled to Hill, who ran along the tracks away from the trooper, and grabbed a long rifle that was laying with a bag alongside the tracks.

Hill turned and pointed the rifle at the trooper, who fired his own gun at Hill.

Hill walked back along the tracks in the direction of New Ringgold.

Following a manhunt, Hill was arrested without incident early Friday and arraigned before District Judge James Ferrier of Orwigsburg.

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