Thursday, July 12, 2018

Man Taken into Custody After Threatening to Shoot Police

A man was taken into custody early Thursday morning after an incident where he threatened to shoot police.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the incident began Wednesday morning when Chris Loftus, 69, of Schuylkill Haven made threats to a 69 year old female victim at a home in North Manheim Township.

Loftus told the victim that he was going to slit her throat while he was holding a shotgun.  After the victim reported the incident to State Police, Loftus made threats that he was going to "shoot any Police that walks on his porch".

Loftus refused to leave the residence and sat on a chair on the front porch with a shotgun waiting for police to arrive.

Police made numerous attempts were made by police to speak with Loftus and have him exit the residence with negative results.

At this point, an arrest warrant was obtained for the Terrorist Threats and a State Police SERT Team arrived on scene.

The SERT team made attempts to negotiate as well with negative results.

The SERT team then made entry and took Loftus into custody.

Numerous firearms were located in the residence during the execution of the search warrant including a loaded shotgun.