Police: York Twp. hotel guest fired bullet through adjacent room, woman outside nearly hit

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Virginia man in York County on business accidentally fired his gun in a York Township hotel room while drunk, according to police.

No one was hurt, York Area Regional Police said, although a 9 mm bullet went through the room of a sleeping man and an elevator lobby before nearly striking a woman in the parking lot.

Adam David Dietzel, 25, of Virginia Beach, remains free on $5,000 bail, charged with the third-degree felony of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, two counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct, according to court records.

It happened about 5:35 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, 140 Leader Heights Road, according to charging documents.

A woman in the Holiday Inn's rear parking lot reported that someone fired at her from a hotel window, police said.

Adam David Dietzel

York Area Regional officers investigated at the scene and determined the bullet came from Room 217, where Dietzel was staying, charging documents state.

The bullet from Dietzel's KelTec P-11 handgun went through the wooden door of his hotel room, across the elevator lobby area, through a wall, and then through Room 214, where a man was sleeping at the time, according to documents.

The noise woke him up, police said.

The bullet then crashed through an exterior window of Room 214 "and is believed to have traveled across the rear parking lot and within the vicinity of" the woman who reported that someone had fired at her, charging documents state.

Dietzel was arrested and later admitted to mistakenly firing a round from his handgun "while manipulating the weapon," documents allege.

He told officers he was in town as part of his job and worked until about midnight, then drank alcohol until the time of the accidental discharge, police said.

A breath test showed his blood-alcohol level to be 0.18%, according to charging documents. In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08%.

After accidentally firing his gun, Dietzel failed to call 911 or alert hotel staff, according to police allegations.

He told police he left the gun in Room 217 and "hid the remaining nine live rounds in a tissue box in the bathroom, because he 'panicked' after the incident," charging documents state.

Armed with a search warrant, officers found and seized the KelTec handgun and magazine from Dietzel's room, as well as the nine rounds that were found hidden in the bathroom tissue box, according to documents.

A phone number for Dietzel could not be found. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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