Shawn Shoemaker allegedly pulled weapon Tuesday outside Sunoco in Plymouth

Last updated: September 11. 2013 11:22PM - 6039 Views
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PLYMOUTHPolice allege a highly intoxicated Shawn Shoemaker brandished a gun, causing customers at the Sunoco service station on East Main Street to flee and take cover Tuesday night.

The incident began at about 8:40 p.m. as Roberta Klecha and her boyfriend, Geraldo Langiois, argued outside the station, according to charges filed. Police allege Shoemaker, 38, of Elm Street in Plymouth, left the Sunoco and said something to Langiois, who became hostile and struck Shoemaker in the head.

Shoemaker allegedly pulled a gun and aimed it at Langiois. Langiois ran and was chased by Shoemaker, who aimed the gun at him, police said.

Klecha told police she tried to get Shoemaker to calm down when he aimed the gun at her, according to charges filed. Klecha is several months pregnant and complained she was having problems with her pregnancy due to the incident, police said.

Customers inside the Sunoco fled or took cover behind the counter and door that was locked, police said.

The incident was recorded on a surveillance camera, police said.

Shoemaker told police he was attacked by Langiois and defended himself with the gun because he could not fight.

He was arraigned Wednesday morning on three counts of terroristic threats, two counts each of simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct and a single count of public drunkenness. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

Shoemaker appeared “highly intoxicated” and registered an alcohol level of .166 percent on a breath test, police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 18 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.

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