WINDBER – A Central City man was ordered on Wednesday to stand trial for attempting to gun down six people, including two state troopers, in May before surrendering to police, authorities said.
Justin Wade Hartman, 33, of the 1000 block of No. 1 Road, was ordered to trial in Somerset County court following two preliminary hearings before District Judge William Seger, of Windber.
Trooper Patrick Hauser testified to the events of May 2 in which Hartman allegedly fired a .22 caliber rifle during a domestic dispute with his wife. Hartman allegedly became upset and left the house, only to sneak back in and grab a rifle.
Three people were standing on the porch when Hartman was ordered to leave.
“He walked a short distance before turning and firing his rifle,” Hauser testified.
The three people fled inside, where the fourth person was hiding, as multiple rounds struck the house.
According to a criminal complaint, Hartman fled into the woods before two troopers arrived, he said.
Hartman was yelling from the woods while he allegedly fired in the direction of the troopers, Hauser testified.
No one was injured, but at least seven rounds struck the house, he said.
Hartman fled the scene but later called the barracks to surrender.
Hartman said “he was shooting at the top portion of the house” and “denied he was shooting at troopers,” Hauser said.
He was charged with six counts each of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He also was charged with two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and one count each of person not to possess a firearm and flight to avoid apprehension.
In a separate hearing, Hartman was ordered to trial for allegedly setting fire to his wife’s 2003 Kia Rio one day before the shooting.
He was charged with arson and related offenses.
Hartman was returned to Somerset County Jail, where he is being held on $500,000 bond.