Charges were filed Tuesday against a Bellefonte man in relation to a shooting earlier this year at an Osceola Mills VFW, according to the Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office.
Robert Dwayne Hanson, 55, was arrested on attempted murder and two felony aggravated assault charges Tuesday morning. Hanson is accused of shooting another man, Jeffrey Lynn Swanson, 45, of Osceola Mills, after a fight outside the establishment on the afternoon of April 1. Both men were shot during the scrum and required transport by helicopter to UPMC Altoona.
More details of the incident were made available with the filing of charges. According to state police investigators, Hanson was in the VFW drinking about noon on April 1. A woman at the bar reported to troopers that Hanson told her another man had given him a gun, a .22 caliber pistol, and he was “going to shoot Swanson because he had ripped him off,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by state police from the Clearfield barracks.
The woman reported that she went home and called Swanson, who was patronizing another local bar, and warned him to stay away from Hanson, according to police.
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Swanson reportedly left the other bar about 1:30 p.m. and walked to the VFW, opened the door and yelled for Hanson, who was still seated inside, to come outside. The men began arguing outside the building when police suspect Swanson slapped Hanson and punched him in the face several times.
The gun, which was in Hanson’s waistband, fell to the ground and a struggle ensued over control of the firearm, according to police. A shot was fired in the air, and a second one grazed Hanson on the side of the head. Swanson began to walk away when Hanson yelled for him and reportedly shot Swanson in the chest when he turned around, police said.
Swanson suffered injuries to his chest and right lung as a result of the gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Clearfield County prosecutors. Hanson was treated for minor injuries and released the next day.
Clearfield County District Attorney Bill Shaw Jr. said the day after the incident that both men were living in Osceola Mills at the time of the shooting.
Hanson also faces a felony firearms charge and one misdemeanor count each of simple assault and criminal trespass. He was arraigned Tuesday morning before District Judge Jerome Nevling. Bail was set at $500,000. Hanson is held at Clearfield County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 5.
Court documents indicate Swanson was also charged Tuesday. He faces a misdemeanor simple assault and a summary harassment charge. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2.