A Newberry Township man who allegedly threatened to shoot people with a black powder revolver in a mobile home park on Monday claims children had thrown rocks at his car before the incident, police say.
When township police Sgt. Richard Rocco responded to Miller's Skyview mobile home park about 4:10 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun, he found an armed 55-year-old Gregory A. Satterfield, of 300 Ridge Road, Lot 69, walking toward him, according to Satterfield's charging documents.
With his gun drawn, Rocco ordered Satterfield to drop the black powder revolver, which was of a type primarily used in the mid- to late 1800s. Satterfield complied and was handcuffed, documents state.
Police found that the gun was loaded with black powder and balls, but did not have firing caps, documents state.
Without firing caps, the gun could not have been fired.
Sticks and stones: Satterfield told Rocco that a child had thrown a rock at his car, but the car didn't have any damage. He also told the sergeant that he chased after a group of children because they were too close to his car, documents state.
A witness told Rocco that he saw Satterfield chase down one of the children and push him to the ground, documents state.
The boy involved in the incident confirmed the account to police, documents state.
Another witness told police that Satterfield threw a stick at some boys as they ran away. He then went back to his house, got the gun and demanded the boys get their fathers, documents state.
A fourth witness told police that after Satterfield got the gun, he paced back and forth on the street yelling that he was going to "kill someone," documents state.
Charges: Satterfield is charged with prohibited possession of a firearm, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct.
He remains in York County Prison in $200,000 bail, a prison spokeswoman said.
According to charging documents, Satterfield is prohibited from carrying a firearm because of two previous convictions.
Court records show that he pleaded guilty in the York County Court of Common Pleas to aggravated assault in 1987 and to burglary, unlawful restraint and other charges in 1997.
Most recent court filings do not list an attorney for Satterfield.
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