Tarentum man charged with reckless endangerment
Tarentum police arrested a local man for firing shotguns early this month along West 12th Avenue.
Timothy Parker, 59, of 303 W. 12th Ave. faces a number of charges, the most serious of which is recklessly endangering another person.
Police filed the charges this week at District Judge Carolyn Bengel's office in Brackenridge, but the incident took place July 1, according to court documents.
The affidavit of probable cause states that Patrolmen Mark Glogowski and Paul Perriello were dispatched to Parker's address for a complaint about shots being fired at 8 p.m.
When they arrived on West 12th, they were met by Dennis Rupert, an off-duty Brackenridge police officer, and Rupert's father, who said a relative owns the house where Parker lives and stopped by to see if the grass needed cut.
Rupert told the Tarentum officers that he saw Parker fire three to four rounds from a sawed-off shotgun and six shots from a full-sized shotgun. He also said someone had fired a handgun through the front door, but he did not see who it was.
Glogowski said Parker and another man rushed into the house when they saw him approach.
The police, backed by Brackenridge and East Deer officers, said there appeared to be bullet holes in the front screen door. They called for Parker and two men to come out.
After they exited the house and were taken into custody, Glogowski said he found a shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, a .30-.06 rifle, a bolt action sawed-off shotgun and a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol in the house.
Also, police say they found 48 live shotgun shells, three empty shotgun rounds and a large box of illegal fireworks.
All three men insisted that no one had been shooting, police said, even though there were empty .45-caliber rounds on the ground, and a table appeared to have BB holes.
The other charges Parker faces are disorderly conduct; discharging of a firearm; using, possessing, selling making or repairing a prohibited offensive weapon, and possessing illegal fireworks.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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