Wanted Central City man in custody

May 5, 2019

A wanted Central City man was taken into custody without incident Friday night north of Reels Corner in Shade Township.

Justin Wade Hartman, 33, was located at a residence at approximately 8:40 p.m., according to state police. Authorities had been searching for him since early Thursday.

On Thursday, troopers 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 then fired shots from the woods at the home, striking it several times, according to state police.

Hartman fled, prompting a nearly two-day manhunt. Police said they believed that Hartman still had the rifle and was traveling on foot, without access to a vehicle.

On Friday morning, troopers searched for Hartman in the Buckstown area, basing the search from Camp Allegheny. Several police cars swarmed Route 30, eventually closing the road, while troopers used a loudspeaker to try to get Hartman to leave a residence. After a brief period of time, police determined that he was not inside the residence.

State police at the scene confirmed they were searching for Hartman, but did not comment further. The roadway was later reopened.

Camp Allegheny President Dennis Tawney said the incident did not require officials to evacuate the camp as police had searched the area.

“We cooperated and they used us as a staging area,” he said.

Hartman was charged with aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, flight to avoid apprehension, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest. State police also charged him with six summary traffic violations, including abandoning a vehicle, for an incident Wednesday in Shade Township.

He was arraigned and placed in the Somerset County Jail.