WEST BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP — A man who decided to go up against police in Schuylkill County is now locked up.
The trouble started Thursday night near Orwigsburg when the suspect got into a fight with the caretaker of a trailer park.
When a state police trooper arrived, investigators say the suspect pointed a gun at the trooper.
Edward Hill, 54, was taken into state police barracks within minutes of his capture. He was spotted walking by some railroad tracks.
Hill was the object of a 12-hour manhunt after a confrontation with a state trooper. State police say it all began when that trooper was called to a fight involving Hill and the manager of the trailer park where he lived.
“He walked up the tracks and the trooper said to him, “Stop right there, don’t move!’ He reached down and picked up a weapon and aimed it at the trooper and the trooper fired,” said Frank Monderewicz.
Hill was not hit, but the Monderewicz family took no chances.
“My wife was sitting at the picnic table and I said ‘get in the house right now!’ And I went behind my shed so I was out of line of fire,” Monderewicz said.
State police warned people living nearby to stay inside.
“We had a friend call us that has a police scanner and called us immediately and said ‘lock your doors’ and said ‘stay inside, don’t let anybody out,’” said neighbor Bob Steuber.
“If he’s willing to level a gun at a trooper, I don’t know what he’s going to do to an average citizen if he seems them,” said Trooper David Beohm.
Ray Henry is shaken by what happened.
“This is the first time anything like this happened around here. I couldn’t believe it.”
Edward Hill was arraigned on six charges including attempted homicide. Hill is locked up with bail set at $250,000.