Franklin man accused of making threats with gun

A Franklin man is facing charges for threatening several people with a gun at a trailer park in Cranberry Township.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint that between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday, two adults and two juveniles were gathered at the end of Cherry Street in the Orchard Park trailer park having a conversation that included words Walter Shields, 43, didn’t like.

Shields walked up to the group, pulled a handgun on them, which he told them was always loaded, and said that he would use it if another person used the word he objected to, a slur, the complaint said.

Shields waved his gun back and forth while he was talking, according to the complaint.

Another concerned man saw Shields waving the gun at the group and so he went over, walked directly in front of Shields and told Shields that if he didn’t lower the gun, he would break his arm, the complaint said.

Shields put the gun down and left the area shortly afterward, the complaint said.

A firearm matching the description of the one Shields was using was found at Shields’ residence in the trailer park, according to the complaint.

Shields was charged with a felony count of firearms not to be carried without a license and four misdemeanor counts each of recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats.

He was arraigned and placed in the Venango County jail with bail denied due to him being a threat to society, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 3 in Central Court.


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