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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Man charged with attempted homicide

  • The early hours of Sunday morning in Sterling Township were filled with fear after a man shot at his girlfriend and at police.
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  • The early hours of Sunday morning in Sterling Township were filled with fear after a man shot at his girlfriend and at police. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said in a release that Robert Brundage, Jr., 52, of Sterling Township, was taken into custody early Sunday morning "on 10 counts of attempted homicide and 10 counts of aggravated assault." According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police, Brundage "initially physically assaulted" his girlfriend, 47-year-old Hope Hernandez, the previous night. The report states that Brundage poured gasoline on Hernandez, retrieved a pistol and "said 'I want you dead.'" Brundage then fired five shots at Hernandez. She fled the scene and ran "to a neighbor's home and called 911." Pennsylvania State Troopers from the Honesdale and Blooming Grove barracks responded to the scene. After the troopers arrived, Brundage "fired numerous shots at the responding troopers from his home." Officers were brought in from the Pennsylvania State Police, Dunmore barracks to assist the enforcement already on scene. The Special Emergency Response Team from the Pennsylvania State Police also assisted at the scene and arrived shortly after Dunmore. After a multiple hour stand-off, Brundage "surrendered to law enforcement by voluntarily exiting his home," at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 17. Brundage was taken into custody and later arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards with a bail set at $1 million. Edwards released the following statement regarding the events at Brundage's home: "This was an extraordinary incident wherein the dangers of being a police officer are clear. The Pennsylvania State Police acted swiftly and with extreme precision to secure the scene and ended the encounter without the loss of life. The should be commended." The release also states that although criminal charges are filed, the defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the Commonwealth has proven the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant enters a guilty plea to the charges.
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