Man allegedly taunted police during shooting
A city man facing charges after an armed run-in with police allegedly taunted officers, according to court records.
Michael John Turiano, 44, was arrested at his home at 109 E. Sixth Ave. on Sunday night after Altoona police responded to a report of shots fired about 6:35 p.m., police said.
Police said Turiano was upset and intoxicated when he walked into his backyard and fired a handgun.
As police set up in the alley behind the home and as officers took cover, Turiano was seen in the backyard with a gun, police said. After another shot rang out, Turiano allegedly yelled, “Show your face [expletive deleted].”
Police said the shot was in the direction of officers taking cover behind a shed, and moments later Turiano called out: “Come get me. I know you’re out there,” before he shot four to six rounds in the direction of officers.
“Last one,” Turiano allegedly yelled as he squeezed off one more round and walked back inside.
Police said Turiano was convinced to turn on his cellphone by his ex-wife, and once he talked to police, he complied with instructions to exit the home peacefully without further incident. According to his Facebook page, Sunday was the anniversary of his father’s death, and police said he was going through personal issues.
A .22 caliber revolver was found in a holster in a second-floor bedroom, and a loaded .38 special revolver was located beneath a coffee table in the living room, police said.
Six spent .38 shell casings were recovered from the kitchen trash, according to police.
Turiano faces felony aggravated assault and other charges and remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $150,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 5 at Central Court.