Police: Brookville Man Threatens to ‘Blow the Cops Heads Off’

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man is facing terroristic threats charges following a standoff situation that began on Sunday evening and continued into Monday morning.

According to court documents, Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 49-year-old John Wayne Kunselman, of Brookville, on Monday, May 13.

The charges stem from a standoff situation that occurred at an Evans Street, Brookville, Jefferson County residence.

According to a criminal complaint, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, members of PSP Punxsutawney and Brookville Police Department investigated an incident involving John Wayne Kunselman “due to suicidal threats being made, and Kunselman being in possession of a rifle. Prior to Punxsutawney-based State Police and Brookville Police Department’s arrival, Kunselman fled on foot.”

Around 8:59 p.m., on May 12, PSP Punxsutawney received a request to assist Brookville Police Department in investigating an incident involving Kunselman at an Evans Street residence in Brookville.

Responding members learned that Kunselman was still in possession of the rifle and had entered into an altercation with the homeowner prior to her fleeing the residence and calling 9-1-1.

On May 12, around 11:32 p.m., Trooper MacTavish, of PSP Punxsutawney, interviewed the victim (the Evans Street homeowner) at a nearby location. The victim advised that earlier in the night, Kunselman came to her residence and was shouting from the yard to let him inside because he had been outside all day, the complaint states.

The victim dialed 9-1-1 quickly before letting him in the residence. Kunselman entered the residence and his rifle was placed by the dining room. Kunselman then realized she was calling 9-1-1 and went to grab the rifle. The victim attempted to block him from grabbing it, at which time Kunselman pushed the victim and a struggle ensued, the complaint continues.

Kunselman told her “you better leave because I don’t want to hurt you when the cops show up,” according to the complaint.

The victim fled the scene and stated that she heard “Kunselman say that he would blow the cops heads off,” the complaint states.

Contact was attempted to be made with Kunselman via telephone by PSP, Brookville Police Department, and family members, at which time Kunselman repeatedly stated he would harm anyone involved.

Chief Markle, of Brookville Borough Police Department, told exploreJeffersonpa.com that the incident was a standoff situation, and “the State Police SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) came in and got the man out of the residence.”

The situation was cleared around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, according to Chief Markle.

Portions of State Route 28 and U.S. Route 322 were closed as a result of the incident, according to Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services.

Kunselman was arraigned at 2:27 p.m. in front of Gregory M. Bazylak on the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Felony 3
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
– Criminal Trespass/Simple Trespasser, Summary

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m on May 23 with Judge Bazylak presiding.


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