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Police: York City Man mistakes uncle for intruder, shoots him

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A York City man was arrested Thursday after he admitted he shot somebody he later realized was his uncle, police said. 

Daryl Sweatman, 36, of York, faces a charge of prohibited possession of a firearm, a felony. York City Police were dispatched about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to the 300 block of Oak Lane for a report of a shooting, according to York County 911.

Sweatman told police that he was sleeping at his home when he heard a loud crash and his mother screaming, police said. 

"He retrieved a gun, and when he went downstairs, he observed the glass to the front door had been broken and someone was coming through the door with a hammer," according to a news release. "Sweatman admitted that he then fired three to four shots at the unknown male."

"Sweatman admitted that he then fired three to four shots at the unknown male." He then realized he shot his uncle, police said. 

Sweatman had previously pleaded guilty to felony drug charges, which made him ineligible to possess a firearm, the release states. 

The victim was transported to York Hospital for treatment. 

Anyone with information about this incident can contact York City Police at ‪717-846-1234.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8. Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at  @tina_locurto.