A convicted felon banned from possessing a firearm was found to have 10 firearms in his Orviston residence on Wednesday, according to state police at Rockview.
Andrew McDonald, 64, accused a woman of cheating on him after she returned from a doctor’s appointment, according to police. An argument ensued and McDonald struck the woman in the shoulder before asking if she “wanted to die.”
The woman observed a firearm on the bed and McDonald moved toward the weapon. The woman ran into the nearby woods and, within a few seconds, she heard a gunshot coming from the area of the residence, according to police.
During a police investigation, police discovered that McDonald is not allowed to possess a firearm due to a prior felony conviction. McDonald pleaded guilty to a case involving insurance fraud and theft by deception in Northampton County in 1999, according to court records, but there is no indication whether that felony is the issue.
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McDonald was charged with 10 felony counts of prohibited possession of a firearm, misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats and a summary count of harassment.
He was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Jordan, who set monetary bail at $75,000. McDonald did not post bail and is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 7.