Crime

Snow Shoe man charged with assault allegedly ‘wished to die ... by cop’

A Snow Shoe man arrested after a three-hour standoff with police reportedly attempted to shoot a family pet and said he wished to die at the hands of the police.

According to the affidavit filed by state police at Philipsburg, a woman was attempting to leave the Walnut Road residence on Saturday with pets when Franklin Furl III, 53, started firing a .22 caliber pistol in an attempt to shoot a cat. The woman was able to get into her vehicle and left the area, police said.

Police said Furl was not able to shoot the cat.

While the woman was attempting to leave, Furl reportedly told her that if the police came for him, he would “take out as many as he can and he won’t go out alive,” police said.

Troopers responded to the residence about two hours later in an attempt to serve a warrant, but Furl refused to answer the door. Via telephone, he reportedly told troopers he would “shoot the first cop that makes entry into his door and he wished to die by suicide by cop.”

Troopers were able to take him into custody at about 2 a.m. without injury, the CDT previously reported.

He remains in custody on $500,000 bail and faces a felony charge of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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