Man wanted for pointing gun during argument

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By Chris Sardelli

An argument turned frightening for two Lancaster residents who reported that a man pointed a handgun at them late Saturday, April 20.

Deputies responded at 9:41 p.m. to the 900 block of Suttle Road about someone pointing a firearm at two people outside a home, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

At the scene, deputies spoke with one of the victims, who said he was inside a shop building playing pool when he noticed a white SUV pull into the driveway.

He told deputies he has been concerned about the driver’s activities in the neighborhood, so he approached the SUV and told the driver to leave.

The two men began arguing and the driver then allegedly poked the man in the nose, the report said. The man then punched the driver, though the driver responded by pointing a gun at him and threatening to shoot, the report said.

An 18-year-old woman who was visibly upset told deputies she heard the two men arguing and walked over to them.

She reported seeing the driver put his finger in the man’s face and then saw the man hit the driver. The woman told deputies she pulled the man away, but the driver then pulled out a black handgun.

The driver then cocked the gun and pointed it at the man, holding it sideways, the report said.

The woman began screaming and pleaded for the driver not to shoot the man. The two victims backed away and the driver left the scene, the report said.

“(The woman) stated she was in fear for her safety,” a deputy wrote in the report.

Deputies then issued a “be on the lookout for” bulletin for the SUV.

Sheriff Barry Faile said Tuesday, April 23 investigators had identified the man as Justin Edward Ellis, 28, 1186 Old Thompson Road, and had issued two separate warrants for him for pointing and presenting a firearm. Faile said Ellis had not yet been arrested.

Deputies search for shooter

About an hour earlier, at 8:45 p.m., deputies were searching for whoever fired a gun several times in the 900 block of 13th Street, according to a separate sheriff’s office report.

They spoke with a resident who said she was at home when she heard about five gun shots outside. 

The woman said she went to her door, looked outside and saw three black men getting into a white four-door Lincoln and leave the area.

The car drove to the end of 13th Street and turned left onto South Avenue, the report said.

Deputies searched the area and issued a “be-on-the-lookout” call for the Lincoln, though the car was not found and there were no witnesses.

The deputies later found four 9 mm shell casings along the road in front of the woman’s home, but did not find any damaged property nearby, the report said.

“We did speak with some subjects last night regarding this case and it is still under investigation,” said Faile on April 23.

If you know anything about either incident,  call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line at (803) 283-4136.


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416