Marine arrested after standoff

From staff reports

BELLEVILLE – An active duty U.S. Marine was arrested early Sunday morning at a bachelor party in Belleville, after he pointed two handguns at police and a two-hour standoff ensued, officials said.

Mifflin County Regional Police said Benjamin V. Steele, of Falls Creek, was charged with aggravated assault on police, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and numerous other charges after the incident, which began at 2:50 a.m. Sunday while Steele was a guest at a bachelor party held at 70 N. Kishacoquillas St., Belleville.

Police said other party guests removed a .45-caliber handgun from Steele and when he discovered that someone had taken the gun, Steele attacked and choked another guest until the weapon was returned to him.

Police said Steele then threatened and pointed the handgun at the other party guests.

According to the report, Steele was able to obtain a second handgun, a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, and ordered everyone out of the residence.

The report states when police arrived, there were several people in the driveway. While officers were gathering information, Steele came out of the house with both guns and pointed them at the police and the guests.

According to the report, Steele refused to put down the weapons and retreated into the residence.

MCRPD said it requested assistance from Pennsylvania State Police, and troopers from the Lewistown and Huntingdon barracks responded.

MCRPD officers kept talking with Steele and were able to convince him to put down the firearms and surrender. Steele was taken into custody at 5:08 a.m., police said.

Police said Steele was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Aaron Gingrich and lodged at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.