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Threats, pointing shotgun ends with felony charge

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was arrested after deputies say he threatened another man with a shotgun Jan. 5.
John Edwin Wright, 45, 3850 Happy Trails, was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm.
According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy responded about 5:16 p.m. that day to the report of a man with a gun inside 522 Collision, 3060 N. Rocky River Road.
As the deputy arrived at the scene, he saw two men in a nearby parking lot pointing across the street. One of the men told the deputy there was a narmed man with across the street near the wood line, the report said.
The deputy drove across the street and saw a man, later identified as Wright, holding what appeared to be a broken-down shotgun.
Wright crossed the street, though the deputy asked him to turn around and keep the shotgun outstretched from his body, the report said. The deputy then took the shotgun and a shotgun shell from Wright as evidence.
The deputy then went to business and spoke with the victim and witnesses.
The victim, a 32-year-old Lancaster man, told the deputy he was sitting in the shop when Wright walked in with a shotgun.
He said Wright pointed the gun at him and asked for money owed to him, though the victim said the money was at his home, the report said.
The victim told deputies Wright threatened to harm him if he didn’t return in five minutes, the report said. The victim left the shop and didn’t return until deputies arrived.
Witnesses at the scene told deputies they left the shop when they saw Wright walk in with the shotgun. The witnesses also reported seeing Wright walk back and forth in the parking lot waving the gun, the report said.
Wright was later jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He was released Jan. 6 on a $10,000 surety bond, according to detention center records.
Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said the charge is considered a felony, with possible imprisonment of up to five years.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli       at (803) 416-8416