Vandergrift woman charged with firing shots

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 4:03 a.m.

A Vandergrift woman who allegedly fired a gun during a fight with her son sparked a standoff with police Wednesday night.

Vandergrift Patrolman Nate Rigatti said numerous witnesses reported hearing five or six gunshots from outside a home along 18th Street about 8:30 p.m.

The witnesses told police that Sue Ward, 45, had fired the shots from the porch of her home at 126 18th St., and that her son, Stefan Houser, 25, had been in the street at the time.

When police arrived, they heard movement in the house but no one would answer the door. So they set up a perimeter around the house with help from state police and police from neighboring communities.

Rigatti said Ward and Houser eventually surrendered on their own and were taken into custody without incident.

Police searched the home about 10:20 p.m. and found a .380-caliber handgun and one spent shell casing on the porch.

Ward reportedly admitted to police that she fired three to five shots outside the house. Rigatti said the shots were not believed to have hit anything.

He called Ward and her son “very uncooperative.”

Police charged Ward with reckless endangerment. Houser was charged with disorderly conduct.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at 724-226-4701 or

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