Police: Man shoots at son, threatens life

EAST FREEDOM – A 77-year-old man shot at his son, then threatened his life at gunpoint Monday on a road outside their neighboring houses, police said.

Freedom Township police said Charles Jarrett of 310 McDonald Road drew a gun when his son, David Jarrett, drove past his house in a skid-loader work vehicle. David Jarrett, who lives next door to his father, was using the vehicle to feed livestock, Freedom Township Patrolman David Flaig said Wednesday.

Charles Jarrett allegedly fired his pistol at his son, missing him by less than 2 feet. The bullet struck the skid loader, police said.

He ran to David Jarrett and held the handgun to his son’s chest, twice shouting, “I am going to kill you,” police said. He then allegedly pointed the gun to his son’s head and screamed the threat again, his finger on the trigger.

Charles Jarrett turned and tripped, falling in a ditch, Flaig said, allowing his son a chance to drive to safety in the skid loader.

David Jarrett reached his nearby house, which police said he shares with a wife and child, and called 911.

Police from Freedom Township, Duncansville, Blair Township and Hollidaysburg responded to the call, Flaig said.

Flaig said police are investigating Charles Jarrett’s motive for allegedly threatening his son. He declined to comment on possible witnesses.

Police, responding cautiously amid dispatchers’ reports of an armed suspect, arrested Charles Jarrett without incident and arraigned him Tuesday on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges.

He remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21 before Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.