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Mt. Pleasant Township man accused of additional threats during standoff

Paul Peirce
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In this image made from a video provided by FOX19Now.com lights illuminate police vehicles as authorities respond to a standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio, about 20 miles east of Cincinnati on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (FOX19Now.com via AP)

A Mt. Pleasant Township man who was arrested last month after allegedly barricading himself in a camper with a handgun and firing at responding state troopers was accused Friday of threatening two area residents during the incident

Timothy B. Minerd, 47, of Mt. Pleasant, shot at the ground in front of troopers before retreating into the camper on Jan. 20, according to a police report.

The troopers responded to Minerd’s property as they were investigating a hit-and-run crash on Blacksmith Road. Two witnesses of the crash that brought down utility lines said they drove to Minerd’s house afterwards and reported they were nearby when Minerd repeatedly fired the weapon, Trooper Joseph Lauricia alleges in an affidavit of probable cause filed before Norvelt District Judge Roger Eckles.

After the shooting at about 12:30 p.m., police set up a perimeter and called in its Special Emergency Response Team. Local fire departments were called to shut down the road.

Minerd was arrested and nobody was injured, according to police.

He is now charged with three counts each of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats and one count of fleeing the scene of an accident. He was remanded to the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bond.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.