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Man charged with attempted homicide in Fulton County gunfight

February 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. -- A gunfight on Thursday morning in Belfast Township in Fulton County, Pa., left one man in the hospital and another on the lam from police.

Pennsylvania State Police said Gregory Aaron Rouzer, who has been charged with attempted homicide, last was seen armed with a rifle and running into the woods off Sipes Mill Road.

"There is a possibility he could've been hurt," Trooper David McGarvey said. "He could have been shot."

Central Fulton and Southern Fulton schools were put on lockdown after the 7:30 a.m. incident, McGarvey said.

Police said a Sipes Mill Road man, whose identity has not been released, carried a shotgun when he went outside to confront Rouzer, 40, who allegedly was trespassing on his property. The homeowner knew Rouzer, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County.

The homeowner returned fire when Rouzer, of 1291 Possum Hollow Road, shot him in the elbow, left biceps and lower neck, police said.

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McGarvey described the victim's injuries as nonlife-threatening, but said he remained hospitalized nine hours later.

Troopers found Rouzer's car parked at his trailer and activated a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

The SERT team entered the trailer about 2:30 p.m., but Rouzer was not inside, McGarvey said.

"He has several relatives in the area, and (troopers) are checking those locations," he said.

Court records for Rouzer show an active Franklin County, Pa., case in connection with allegedly passing bad checks as well as a 2004 case concerning false statements he made.

Anyone with information about Rouzer's whereabouts may call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-485-3131.

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