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Red Hill Man Accused of Firing Weapon in Residence
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A Red Hill man accused of firing two shots inside his home Sunday was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police. Shawn Gratz, 37, of Main Street, faces felony charges of aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, as well as misdemeanor charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

            Authorities were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Main Street at 2:15 p.m. for the report of a domestic incident involving a firearm. A female at the residence told law enforcement officials that Gratz fired two shots inside the home. She said one round struck a wall near where she was standing.

            The woman told the dispatcher that Gratz said if anyone came in, he was going to shoot. She explained that he was very upset about a domestic situation, according to a police criminal complaint filed in the Red Hill court of District Justice Maureen Coggins.

            The woman said she went to the residence to check on Gratz. After banging on the door and making several attempts to call him, Gratz answered the phone and said he was not coming out. The woman, after hearing "a pop," kicked in a side door to check on him, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

            He told her several times that it was "too late" and fired a shot in her direction, according to court records.  The woman called 9-1-1 as she was fleeing the residence.

            State police responded to the scene and were unable to initially make contact with Gratz. Some neighbors were evacuated and others told the shelter in place.  The surrounding streets – including Main Street, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, and Biting and Graber Alleys – were closed.

            Gratz refused commands to exit the residence, but he was eventually taken into custody after the state police's Special Emergency Response Team arrived at the scene, according to authorities.

            The state police were assisted at the scene by the East Greenville, Upper Perk, Marlborough Township and New Hanover police departments, as well as Fire Police Units from Montgomery, Berks, and Bucks county fire police.

            Gratz was arraigned at 10 p.m. on February 18 by District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar, who set bail in the case at $250,000 monetary. The defendant was remanded to Montgomery County Jail, according to a state judicial website.

            A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 2 before Coggins.





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