$250K bail for Windsor man accused of threatening to kill troopers

Liz Evans Scolforo


Edward Gene Law was arraigned Tuesday on his York County charges by District Judge John H. Fishel, who set bail at $250,000, according to court records.

He remains in Adams County Prison for now on a DUI case, records state.

Law's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 12, records state.


A Windsor man accused of threatening to shoot state troopers and blow up their York County barracks in Loganville remains in Adams County Prison for now on a drunken-driving charge.

State police said Edward Gene Law, 42, of Windsor, threatened to kill troopers and blow up their Loganville barracks.

Edward Gene Law, 42, of 51 W. Main St., will be charged in York County with threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, making terroristic threats and driving with a suspended license, according to charging documents.

A family member of Law's called state police Friday, concerned about threats Law had been making, documents allege.

Law apparently was "very aggravated" at state police, who had arrested him in Red Lion for some reason, documents state. There is no record of any charges being filed for a Red Lion incident, and charging documents on his threat charges don't go into detail about the purported Red Lion incident.

The family member told troopers that on March 29, Law said he has a 9 mm handgun with six bullets and that "he plans on killing a state trooper with each bullet and that if he can get more ammunition he will kill more state troopers," documents allege.

The family member also warned troopers that Law "has access to high explosives and he told her that he is going to take explosives to the state police station in Loganville and blow it up," according to charging documents.

Called a friend: On Thursday, Law spoke in more detail to the family member about his plan, and on Friday he called a friend about it, police allege.

Law's family member overheard that phone conversation and said Law also told the friend he planned to shoot troopers and blow up their barracks, documents state.

The family member warned police that Law "is a violent person and he's very capable and motivated to carry out this threat," according to documents.

She called police after Law drove away from his home in a friend's SUV. That's because Law's license is suspended for DUI and because he was "highly intoxicated" when he drove off, charging documents allege. A be-on-the-lookout alert was broadcast to area law-enforcement agencies.

DUI arrest: Police in Cumberland Township, Adams County, pulled over Law and charged him with driving under the influence after determining he was, in fact, highly intoxicated, documents allege.

He has not yet been arraigned on the York County threat charges and remains in the Adams County jail on $5,000 bail, records state.

Law pleaded guilty in June 2009 to making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment and was sentenced to five to 23 months in York County Prison.

Court records in that case state he threatened to murder his wife, punched his stepson and brandished a knife. He claimed to have a friend in Indiana who would come to Windsor and kill for him, documents alleged.

"I come home drinking and I got kind of like in an argument with my wife, and I don't know ... it escalated," he told Common Pleas Judge John S. Kennedy during his sentencing hearing. "Me and her son got in it a little and I hit him in the mouth, and then I just threatened him with a knife. I didn't really mean it. It was just out of drinking, I guess."

The incident happened in Law's home March 14, 2009, records state.

Unrelated threat case: It's the second case this year in which a man allegedly threatened to kill York County-based state police and blow up their barracks in Loganville.

'He was going to war with police'

In January, police arrested Howard Cofflin Jr., 56, who they allege was planning on "going to war" with police.

Cofflin used to live just minutes away from the Loganville barracks, but was most recently of Dundalk, Maryland, police said.

Disgruntled by court rulings and a deteriorating domestic situation, he had been building improvised explosive devices from propane tanks and, piece by piece with parts bought online, an AR-15 rifle, charging documents allege. He was aiming to use those to murder his ex-girlfriend and then all the state troopers who showed up to arrest him, police allege.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.