Troopers: Man Threatened to Kill Wife, Her Parents, Shoot Up Her Workplace

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DICKSON CITY -- A man is locked up after police say he threatened to kill his estranged wife and her parents.

State police said Joshua Skivington, 26, of Factoryville called a nail salon in Dickson City Saturday morning and demanded to speak to his wife who works there. He said if he didn’t get to speak with her he would shoot everyone inside the salon. He then allegedly threatened to shoot his mother and brother if they didn’t give him the keys to his father’s van.

Troopers said he then drove the van to Dickson City and when police tried to stop him on Commerce Boulevard he sped into a shopping plaza and began driving erratically through the parking lot.

Police finally stopped him by crashing into his van on Commerce Boulevard near the intersection with Viewmont Drive. Inside the van, police found a fully-loaded and cocked revolver, a rifle, bullets, and an empty bottle of bourbon.

Troopers also believe he broke into his in-laws’ home, causing about $5,000 in damage. Investigators found six spent bullet casings in the driveway that matched bullets Skivington had with him when police caught him.

According to state police, Skivington has a protection from abuse order against him which prohibits him from possessing firearms.

Skivington is locked up, charged with attempted homicide, terroristic threats, carrying firearms without a license, reckless endangerment, fleeing police, reckless driving, burglary, and criminal trespass.


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