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By Leader Times
Monday, July 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

RAYBURN — A 58-year-old township man was arrested on Saturday night after he was accused of firing a shotgun at a state police trooper while standing outside his trailer.

According to state police, Thomas Luketic, of 127 Fox Lane, shot his gun in the direction of the trooper from about 50 yards away.

The officer was investigating a 911 hang-up call from the home at 9:05 p.m. when Luketic allegedly confronted him.

The trooper, who was not injured during the incident, drove to a nearby site and called for police backup, the report said.

A perimeter was set up and police contacted Luketic by phone, ordering him to come outside and surrender, and he complied, police said.

Police said Luketic was intoxicated and had threatened his wife during a dispute. She called 911 before fleeing the residence and was close enough to see the trooper arrive and heard the gunshot, police add.

Following a search warrant, police said, they seized several long guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia from Luketic's trailer.

He was taken into custody and arraigned before District Judge J. Gary DeComo, charged with two counts of simple assault, five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of disorderly conduct and one count each of reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats.

Luketic was placed in the Armstrong County Jail on a $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.

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