Police: Man pointed loaded handgun at York City firefighter
A York City firefighter escaped injury when a man pointed a gun at him in the parking lot of the city's Lincoln fire station on Saturday afternoon, police said.
That man, identified as Devin Mauricio Aleman, is free on $20,000 bail, charged with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and attempted simple assault by menacing, according to charging documents. He also goes by the name Angel Colon Aleman, documents state.
Police said Aleman and another man were looking into firefighters' vehicles that were parked in the Lincoln fire station lot at 800 Roosevelt Ave. about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when they were spotted by York City Firefighter Randy Rauhauser.
"He was reporting to work," York City Fire Chief David Michaels said. "There was an exchange of words."
Rauhauser asked the men what they were doing, and Aleman replied something to the effect of, "Don't worry about what we're doing," Michaels said.
Pistol brandished: That's when Aleman pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Rauhauser, according to charging documents.
"Randy was able to, very calmly and smartly, get himself out of the situation," Michaels said. After the confrontation, Aleman and his companion left, walking down an alley between Atlantic and Pacific avenues, police said.
Rauhauser, 46, called 911 and described the gunman. A short time later officers spotted Aleman, who matched the description of the gunman, near the corner of Pacific Avenue and Wood Street, police said.
Officers handcuffed Aleman and found a .22-caliber Phoenix Arms handgun in the front middle pocket of Aleman's "USA" sweatshirt, according to charging documents.
Ready to fire: There was no magazine in the pistol, but there was a live round in the chamber, and the gun's hammer was cocked, police said.
Charging documents state Aleman was adjudicated delinquent of robbery when he was a juvenile.
Rauhauser, who is in his 40s and a veteran York City firefighter, went through a range of emotions afterward, including anger, his chief said.
"He was a little bit shaken up, but he did stay at work and (covered) his shift," Michaels said.
Chiefs meet: "We're looking at it as an isolated incident," Michaels said. "Fortunately, we haven't had any vehicle break-ins or other trouble (at the city's fire stations)."
The fire chief confirmed he and other city officials, including York City Police Chief Wes Kahley, are concerned about the encounter.
"I met with Chief Kahley this morning to see if there's anything we can do to review or modify our safety procedures," Michaels said on Monday.
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