Diner shooter charged with attempted manslaughter

LEWISTOWN– A 28-year-old was charged Wednesday with attempted manslaughter after reportedly firing gunshots in the direction of a police officer while in the vicinity of Red’s Diner Tuesday night.

According to court documents, Jeremy Hepner, of McAlisterville, was reportedly intoxicated while working at the diner and left in his vehicle. A diner employee reported this to police who responded to the complaint and observed a “muzzle flash” from outside of Hepner’s driver side window as Hepner was reportedly entering onto US 22 West. One officer reported hearing four or five gunshots from the vehicle Hepner was operating and that the flash and sound indicated the shots were fired in his direction. Police reported pursuing Hepner westbound on 22 after the shooting stopped and ultimately apprehended Hepner in a nearby restaurant parking lot.

A Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun was located in Hepner’s vehicle, court documents state. Hepner reportedly admitted to shooting his gun while operating the vehicle, however he told police he was shooting at a groundhog.

Mifflin County Regional, Lewistown, and Granville Township police departments, as well as Pennsylvania State Police, assisted in the investigation.

Hepner was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Reed and committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility, after being denied bail. Hepner faces additional criminal counts, including aggravated assault and propulsion of missiles onto a roadway. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12.