Last updated: June 19. 2013 10:59PM - 3706 Views
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KINGSTON TWP. — A fight Saturday night over an air gun left one man with what a doctor described as “near catastrophic” injuries, according to charges filed.

Township police allege Bryan Emershaw, of Division Street, was upset that John Mark Rogers, 61, of Shaver Avenue, had aimed an air gun at him. Rogers was found sitting in a shed behind his house with severe bleeding and swelling about his face.

A physician at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center told police the “trauma inflicted on Rogers was near catastrophic and (it) will take several surgeries to correct his injuries,” according to the criminal complaint.

Police charged Emershaw with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, harassment and disorderly conduct. He remained jailed Wednesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Keith Rogers told police he found his brother severely injured in a shed behind their house at about 5 p.m. Keith Rogers said Emershaw forced his way into their house uninvited and yelled about John Mark Rogers threatening him with an air gun.

Emershaw left the house as Keith Rogers locked the doors. Keith Rogers looked out of a window and saw his brother stumbling into the shed. John Mark Rogers told his brother he didn’t remember what happened to him.

Police located Emershaw after he left a beer distributor. He declined to answer questions without an attorney and told police he “did it in self defense.”

John Rogers was listed in critical condition on Sunday. A hospital spokesperson said Wednesday there is no information available about him.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 27 before District Judge James Tupper.

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