5.18.2013 Shots Fired/Aggravated Assault
On or about 0250 hrs. / 18 May 2013 Officers from the Lancaster Bureau of Police responded to the 600 block of S. Queen Street for the report of multiple shots fired. Upon arrival officers determined that a subject had barricaded himself inside his residence armed with a handgun. The Lancaster County SERT Team was activated and responded. Suspect was eventually taken into custody without incident. No injuries reported to officers or suspect. Additional information to be released as it becomes available.
Detectives from the Lancaster Bureau of Police were also called in to investigate this incident. Witnesses were interviewed and evidence was collected. A search warrant was served at a residence in the 600 block of S. Queen Street and a 9mm handgun was recovered along with additional live 9mm ammunition.
It was also determined that besides the suspect, there were four additional persons in the residence at the time the suspect was firing the 9mm pistol, to include the suspect’s girlfriend and three young children, ages 12, 8 and 6.
During the investigation it was determined that as the first responding officers arrived, and established a perimeter around the particular residence from which the gunshots were coming from, that several rounds were fired in the direction of those officers as the officers were making verbal commands for the subject to put down the weapon and surrender.
Arrested: Steven John Verling, a 33-year-old man.
600 block of S. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
Charges: 1-count of Aggravated Assault (F-1)
2-counts of Aggravated Assault (F-2)
1-count of Endangering Welfare of Children (M-1)
3-counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M-2)
Verling was charged by Detective James Fatta before the Honorable MDJ Cheryl Hartman with the above charges and is currently being held for arraignment. Photo available upon request.
All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.