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Conewago Twp. man charged after short standoff
A Conewago Township man was arrested last week after sparking a 15-minute standoff with Northern York County Regional Police.
Eric Wade Oerman, 47, of the first block of Buck Road in the township, is facing six misdemeanor charges — two counts each of child endangerment, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct — and a summary charge for public drunkenness, according to charging documents.
Police were called to the area about 8:15 p.m. July 14 by a neighbor and co-worker of Oerman's who alleged Oerman was shooting in the direction of his house, documents state.
When two Northern Regional officers arrived about 8:30 p.m, they heard shots being fired from the back of Oerman’s house and began yelling for Oerman to come outside without any weapons, Officer Todd Wise wrote in the charging documents.
Wise arrived a minute later and heard another six shots “fired in rapid succession” from what sounded like a semi-automatic handgun, prompting the six officers on scene to take up a position against Oerman's house and again yell for him to surrender, documents state.
Oerman exited his house about 8:45 p.m. and was arrested without any additional shots being fired, documents state.
When officers entered Oerman’s house, they found a number of weapons, including an empty .357-caliber revolver, a loaded .22-caliber pistol and two shotguns, one loaded and one empty, according to the charging documents.
Oerman’s children told police he was firing blanks before they arrived, but police found six spent .357-caliber shell casings on a table in the living room and 12 spent .22-caliber casings near the back porch where police had heard shots coming from, documents state.
Oerman told police he was teaching his children how to shoot, but he showed signs of intoxication, including bloodshot and glassy eyes and being unsteady on his feet, documents state.
“When (Oerman) spoke, his speech was very slurred and thick-tongued,” Wise wrote in the charging documents.
Oerman has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. July 27 in front of District Judge David Eshbach.