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Firefighters Responding To Alarm Greeted By Homeowner With Gun

November 9, 2018

BEAR CREEK TWP. — Firefighters responding to an automatic alarm at a home early Wednesday were greeted by a gun-wielding homeowner who fired two shots, according to firefighters.

Three members of Bear Creek Twp. Volunteer Fire & Rescue were responding to an automatic alarm at 42 Trailwood Lake Road around 1 a.m. Wednesday when they encountered the homeowner, Fire Chief John Krumsky said.

The initial alarm was a life alert signal for emergency medical services, but that was followed up by another dispatch for a fire alarm, he said. The alarm company had tried to contact the homeowner but couldn’t reach him, he said.

Firefighters arrived and heard an audible alarm, with the side door unlocked, he said.

“We announced ourselves several times,” Krumsky said. “We were in full uniform.”

Not knowing what the problem was, the crew moved into the house before seeing the homeowner at the top of a flight of stairs, he said.

“We came around the corner and the homeowner had a gun,” Krumsky said. “He told us to get out, so we left.”

But as the crew was walking down the driveway, they heard two shots from the handgun the man had been holding, he said.

“It sounded like a cannon when it went off,” Krumsky said, adding he’d never before encountered such a response. “Usually people are pretty understanding.”

State Trooper Deanna Piekanski said the incident was under investigation and it was not known if charges would be filed.

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