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Central City man charged with attempted homicide

May 9, 2019

WINDBER — A Central City man has been charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide for allegedly firing shots at a Shade Township home following a domestic dispute last week.

Justin Wade Hartman, 33, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, but the hearing was delayed as prosecutors filed additional charges against him.

The new charges consist of a dozen counts of attempted homicide, six counts of aggravated assault, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and one count each of illegally possessing a firearm, resisting arrest and flight to avoid apprehension.

Early on the morning of May 2, state police were called to a domestic dispute along No. 1 Road in Shade Township. Before police arrived, Hartman left the residence with a .22-caliber rifle. He fired shots from nearby woods at the home, striking it several times, according to police.

Hartman fled, prompting a manhunt that ended peacefully Friday night at a residence in Shade Township.

Because of the manhunt, police were not able to process the crime scene, according to District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser. Once they did, they were able to determine where the shots struck the home in relation to the occupants, “and it was clear that he was shooting in the direction of . . . not only the occupants of the residence . . . but also the police when they arrived,” she said.

Lazzari-Strasiser said Hartman fired shots at the residence both before and after police arrived.

Hartman’s preliminary hearing on the new charges is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. May 22 before District Judge Bill Seger in Windber. He is being held at the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

A defense attorney was not listed on online court documents Wednesday evening.