Amity Township police arrested a man at gunpoint outside his township residence Sunday, July 26, after responding to a call from his neighbors who got on the ground after hearing gunshots while working on a car.
As Officer Brian Devlin drove to the home in the 400 block of Hill Road about 5:30 p.m., he locked eyes across a farm field with a man later identified as John A. Morgan, 38.
According to the arrest affidavit:
Devlin proceeded up the driveway and noticed Morgan tossing a handgun into the bushes.
The officer exited his patrol vehicle and confronted Morgan at gunpoint and took him into custody without incident.
As Devlin was walking Morgan to the patrol vehicle, he noticed a woman walking toward him from the house. He told her to stop.
Another officer recovered the firearm Morgan tossed, a 9mm handgun.
Devlin asked Morgan why he threw the gun into the bushes. He reportedly said he was shooting groundhogs for his girlfriend and admitted firing three rounds before police arrived. As Morgan spoke, Devlin could smell alcohol on his breath, and Morgan admitted he had been drinking.
The girlfriend, whom police did not identify, told Devlin the gun belonged to her and confirmed Morgan had been shooting groundhogs around the property.
Police searched for discharged bullet casings but found none outside. The woman said she had collected them and that they were in a can inside her residence.
Devlin asked to see them. The woman pulled out a coffee can filled with casings. Devlin couldn’t determine which of the casings were from the most recent gunfire.
Investigators went to the residence of the caller, a man and his brother who were working on a car when the gunshots rang out.
They observed four bullet holes in the wall of the large workshop. An intact bullet was found outside the building after passing through the structure.
Morgan was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
After arraignment before District Judge Stuart D. Kennedy, Morgan was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail to await a hearing. According to court records, he had not posted bail as of Monday afternoon, July 27.