Franklin man charged for firing shots in house

A Franklin man is facing charges for firing shots inside his house and making threats Saturday.

Franklin state police said they received a call at about 2 a.m. that Brian Lindsay, 51, was “highly intoxicated on alcoholic beverages” and threatening to shoot himself in his residence.

Several adult family members were out of the residence and in the garage when police arrived, according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

Lindsey barricaded himself inside the residence with multiple firearms and ammunition and refused to come out when police asked him to, the complaint said.

The family members inside the garage were able to safely leave the property and state police secured the scene and set up a perimeter, the complaint said.

A family member told police that she went to pick Lindsey up from a friend’s house because he was intoxicated, the complaint said.

After they arrived home at about 1:30 a.m., Lindsey started “acting crazy” and threatened suicide, according to the complaint.

The family member said he then grabbed what she believed was a .22 caliber rifle, the complaint said.

She then went outside and got another male family member who was in his room above the garage, the complaint said.

The two went back in the residence and the male family member tried to talk to Lindsey who pointed the gun at him and told him to get out, the complaint said.

Lindsey fired several rounds in the living room of the residence, striking a TV screen and breaking it, and during this time four other people were in the house, the complaint said.

Troopers at the scene later determined he discharged 10 rounds from a .22 rifle, according to the complaint.

At this point the four fled the house, the complaint said.

The complaint notes that after several hours state police were able to take Lindsey into custody when he walked out of the house with a loaded rifle in his hands, the complaint said.

Lindsey has been charged with a felony count of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned later Saturday before district judge Patrick Lowrey and placed in Venango County jail after being unable to post bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.