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Charlestown Man Who Allegedly Shot at Cops Gets Plea Deal

The Devault resident was in a three hour standoff with over 20 officers this summer.

A Charlestown man who fired shots at police during a bizarre three hour standoff with authorities in August pleaded guilty to two lesser charges as part of a plea deal last month, The Mercury is reporting.

In exchange for a guilty plea on charges of recklessly endangering another person, charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer were withdrawn against Daniel Hale Zantzinger, 47. According to the paper, Zantzinger is the son of deceased documentary filmmaker and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Alfred Geist Zantzinger.

(Read the original story here.)

On August 7 at 2:30 a.m., Zantzinger was involved in an almost four hour standoff with state and local police (including officers from East Pikeland and Schuylkill Township) at his Constant Springs Lane residence after authorities responded to a report of “suspicious condition.”

Police allege that Zantzinger fired at them through an open window and, when they demanded he leave the home, he continued firing. He surrendered at 6:22 a.m. and no one was injured in the standoff.

When police searched the home, they found nearly 50 guns. Zantzinger, who was confined to a psychiatric hospital after his arrest, later admitted that he was drinking and taking prescription medicine at the time of the incident.

Read the full story here.

Used to live in the Ville,,,,, February 01, 2013 at 11:58 AM
See, this is why we have the crimes that we have, its not the GUNS...its the damn system!!!! We already have gun laws..they aren't carried out!!! 5 years mandatory for any crime committed with a gun, no questions asked...he should have NEVER been offered a plea deal!!!!! Our system is as messed up as the criminals I swear!!! Why write laws when your not going to follow them!!! This man should be locked away for a long time!!!!
George Hughes February 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Who in the hell is Alfred Geist Zantzinger ? Never heard of him. Couldn't have been too (GREAT )
Rxtxs323 February 03, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Hey "use to live in the ville". Plea deals are apart of our laws. Defendants , BY LAW, are aloud to accept plea deals. If we weren't. It wouldn't be America

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