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Police: Man fired gun in Hallam home

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Hellam Township Police say Derrian Henderson-Ames fired a gun inside his Hallam home Wednesday night.
  • A stolen gun was found in a trash can with his footprints leading up to it, according to police.
  • Henderson-Ames remains free on $50,000 bail.

A Hallam man is accused of firing a gun inside his home Wednesday night.

Derrian Henderson-Ames, 32, of the first block of East Beaver Street, is charged with two counts each of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, reckless endangerment and theft by unlawful taking, among other charges.

Hellam Township Police allege Henderson-Ames fired the gun while in his home, endangering the lives of two of his neighbors.

Upon tracing Henderson-Ames' footsteps, officers also found a stolen gun, according to police.

Wife called: Police were sent to Henderson-Ames' residence when his wife called and told them that Henderson-Ames was talking to her using Facetime and showing "threatening" behavior and that he discharged a gun, according to police. She told police she thought he had shot himself.

About 9:30 p.m., two Hellam Township officers responded to the residence, but Henderson-Ames did not answer the door. A neighbor told police she had been awakened by her teenage daughter, who had heard a loud "pop," documents state.

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The officers then kicked the front door down and found the residence in "disarray," police said. Henderson-Ames was not in the home, according to police.

Police say a spent .40-caliber casing was found on the floor of the living room. A .40-caliber round was on the floor next to it, charging documents allege.

Police say a hole was discovered in the ceiling of the living room, and they determined that the round went through the floor into the second-floor bedroom.

Officers were not sure if the round had gone through the firewall between Henderson-Ames' townhouse and his neighbor's connected townhouse, according to police.

After police spoke with the neighbor and waited a few minutes, Henderson-Ames was found walking toward his home, claiming he had just come back from Rutter's, police said.

Derrian Henderson-Ames. Photo courtesy Hellam Township Police.
Derrian Henderson-Ames

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Stolen gun: Henderson-Ames was searched and no firearm was found on him, police said. He was detained and taken to the police department, documents state.

Search warrants were obtained, and officers continued to investigate for another five to six hours, according to police.

Officers searched the path Henderson-Ames had taken after he had left the home, according to police. An officer noticed footprints beside a trash can near Claire Avenue and West Market Street, where officers found a stolen gun from York City, police said. According to charging documents, the serial number on the gun looked as though someone had tried to remove it.

The shoe prints matched Henderson-Ames' shoes, documents state.

Additionally, police allege marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in Henderson-Ames' residence.

Police say Henderson-Ames was "extremely uncooperative" during the investigation. A high bail was requested.

Henderson-Ames was arraigned at central booking Thursday morning, where his bail was set at $50,000. He posted his bail later that day, according to a York County Prison official.

He could not be reached for comment, and it is not clear if he has an attorney.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at District Judge Robert A. Eckenrode's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.