Police: Local teen used stolen gun in shooting on Saturday

Amspacker charged with attempted homicide

LEWISTOWN — An 18-year-old man was charged Monday with attempted homicide and other related charges after admitting to police he shot another person with a stolen pistol early Saturday morning in Derry Township, court documents indicate.

Chase Michael Amspacker, of Lewistown, arrived to a Glenwood Avenue residence at about 3 a.m. Saturday where he reportedly stayed on occasion and discovered a man laying in bed with a female acquaintance, according to court documents. Amspacker retrieved a 9mm pistol from under another bed, woke the man from sleep, told him to leave the residence and threatened to call the police if he refused, court documents state.

Amspacker told police that the man assaulted him, causing a bloodied and swollen lip observed by police. Amspacker then confessed to shooting the man in the side, court documents state. Amspacker further advised police he placed the gun in a small, brown cabinet in the residence’s bathroom, according to court documents.

Documents indicate the man left the residence and went to a nearby acquaintance’s home. The acquaintance reported the shooting to Mifflin County Regional Police Department who saw the man bent over at the waist and bleeding from both the left side and the back, according to court documents.

A Cobra 9mm pistol, containing one live round and a casing, was retrieved from the cabinet Amspacker described, court documents indicate. Police also reported recovering a black, nylon holster lying on the floor in a bedroom as well as a bullet and bullet hole in a flat-screen television. Mifflin County Communications ran the serial number of the handgun and determined the weapon had been reported stolen to MCRPD in February.

Lewistown Police Department, Granville Township Police Department and Fame EMS assisted on scene.

Amspacker was charged with five criminal counts including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Reed and committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility after being denied bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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