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Police: Independence teen held family at gunpoint

| Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A teenager in Independence in Beaver County threatened to shoot his family and police with a 12-gauge shotgun before being subdued, state police said.

The 13-year-old was told by police on Saturday night that he would be given a citation for underage drinking.

Not long after Trooper Tim Barr left the family's house, the teen became agitated, loaded the shotgun and pointed it at "numerous members of (his) family ... threatening to kill them and police that responded," according to a news release from state police. The teen was still under the influence of the alcohol he'd just been cited for, Barr said.

Family members were able to disarm the teen and hold him until police could return and handcuff him, Barr said.

He was taken to a juvenile detention facility in Steubenville, Ohio, where he faces five counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, along with one count each of possession of a firearm by a minor and underage consumption of alcohol.

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