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Pa. man charged in assault at Hancock clinic

October 05, 2000

Pa. man charged in assault at Hancock clinic



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Charges have been filed against a Warfordsburg, Pa., man who police say pointed a loaded weapon at a woman and fired a shot inside a busy medical clinic Sept. 26, according to Hancock Police.

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Noble Peck, 49, of Route 2, Box 340, Warfordsburg, was charged Tuesday with first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

He was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

Peck went into the Tri-State Community Health Clinic at 130 W. High St. in Hancock around 6 p.m., pointed a loaded 20-gauge shotgun at a woman employee and put his finger on the trigger, according to allegations in charging documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Charging documents allege that Peck then knelt down, placed the gun under his chin and fired a round that went into the ceiling.

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Peck "demanded drugs to end his life," charging documents said. Police said he had been treated at the clinic in the past.

Peck left the building and walked to his pickup truck in the clinic parking lot, charging documents said.

"Officer (Mike) Ruppenkamp ordered the defendant to put down the gun several times and his requests were ignored," charging documents allege.

Reaching into his pickup truck, Peck grabbed a can of beer and started to drink it, charging documents said.

As Ruppenkamp talked to the man, Maryland State Police troopers surrounded him.

"I kept telling him it's not as bad as he thinks it is and we can get him help," Ruppenkamp said on the night of the incident.

The man, who had been employed as a landscaper, told police he was upset because he was disabled and could no longer work. He had been injured in a fight and had lingering pain from his injuries, Ruppenkamp has said.

"I just tried to calm him down," he said.

Ruppenkamp said he tried to keep the man's attention focused on him while a state trooper got behind him and tackled him.

After the man was subdued, he remained calm during a drive to Washington County Hospital, where he was taken for a psychiatric evaluation. He was released Tuesday.

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