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Bradenville man charged with threats offers apology to troopers

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Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Bradenville man accused of pointing a shotgun at two troopers in April shook both of their hands on Wednesday and apologized after listening to one of the officers testify against him.

“Trooper, sorry for my actions that day,” said Ronald J. Geary, 54, following his preliminary hearing.

District Judge Mark Bilik ordered two counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment against Geary be held for trial in the Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court.

Troopers John Isoldi and Michael Dzvonik were serving a warrant for an involuntary commitment for mental health treatment at 5:40 p.m. on April 25 at Geary's home. The troopers knocked on the front door, identified themselves and waited on a porch, Isoldi testified.

Geary shouted from behind the closed door, “How about I come out and shoot you?” Isoldi testified.

Both troopers took cover on the porch.

“I see the barrel of ... a big gun ... pointing out the front door,” Isoldi testified.

The troopers fled from the porch.

Isoldi said he yelled to a neighbor to call 911 because his portable radio wasn't working.

Geary stepped outside the door with the gun and shouted at the troopers “while we were also yelling for him to put the gun down,” Isoldi testified. “He was enticing us to come up to the residence.”

Geary then went back inside, set down the gun and came back outside, Isoldi testified.

Troopers arrested him and later learned that the 10-gauge shotgun was not loaded.

Geary continued yelling at the troopers as they placed him into custody, Isoldi said.

“‘You're so lucky, Trooper, you're lucky I didn't kill you,'” Isoldi testified he heard.

No one was injured.

Geary is free on $20,000 bond.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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