A Jacobus man was taken into custody and charged with simple assault after threatening family members early Saturday morning, York Area Regional Police said.

John Miller, 35, was taken into custody without incident at 5:30 a.m., about three hours after police responded to a home on Farmington Avenue following a report of a domestic dispute involving a firearm, police said.

Police said they went to the home after a woman called and said her boyfriend came home highly intoxicated. When she told him she was going to have family come to the residence, he got extremely angry and made threats of harming all of them, police said in a press release on the incident.

Miller allegedly went into the bedroom and began "cocking" a shotgun multiple times. The woman took the children -- two daughters, ages 13 and 9, and one niece, age 3 --, into a bedroom and police were called from there at about 2:30 a.m.

When police arrived, the woman and children were evacuated from the residence, police said. Police said they then made several attempts to contact Miller.

After about two hours and 45 minutes, York Area Regional officers made entry into the residence. Miller was taken into custody and multiple firearms were seized, including a shotgun from the bedroom, police said.



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