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Lower Burrell man charged in shotgun threat of girlfriend

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:54 p.m.

A 27-year-old Lower Burrell man allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend after she woke him up to say their air conditioning wasn't working, city police say.

Sgt. Greg Dale said police arrested Tyler David Flanigan peacefully after the incident that began around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Nebraska Drive. Police found a loaded shotgun and five other guns in the home.

According to Dale, the incident started when the 29-year-old woman called Westmoreland Emergency Management and said Flanigan was intoxicated, had a loaded shotgun and threatened to kill her.

According to court documents, the woman said Flanigan snapped at her after she woke him. He was allegedly wearing hearing protection when he cocked the shotgun, putting a round in the chamber, and pointed it at her head and told her to run.

The woman fled to a neighbor's house, leaving her 3-year-old son sleeping inside.

Police arrived, surrounded the house and reached Flanigan by cell phone, Dale said. Police could see Flanigan pacing inside.

Flanigan followed police instructions to put the boy on the porch and then went back inside, Dale said. Police coaxed the boy off the porch and took him to safety.

Police then told Flanigan to come out; he did and was taken into custody without further incident.

Flanigan faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec and released on $5,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10 before Peck-Yakopec.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or

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