Man charged after standoff

A Hollidaysburg man faces charges after a standoff with sheriff’s deputies and the state police, according to the Blair County Sheriff’s Department.

Richard D. Hofer, 53, of 359 Antler Lane allegedly barricaded himself in a small office inside a garage at his property Thursday, telling officers he would kill them with a pistol.

According to the sheriff’s department, the standoff lasted 90 minutes as Hofer screamed and yelled at officers. Hofer was wanted by the Blair County Sheriff’s Department on a bench warrant for failure to appear at court proceedings regarding multiple drug offenses.

Officers tried to talk Hofer out of the barricaded office, and when he finally opened the door, officers said he appeared to waiver on his decision to surrender, prompting a deputy to take Hofer to the ground.

The deputy was ultimately treated at UPMC Altoona for a shard of glass in his wrist, and Hofer was taken to Blair County Prison. A pistol was found in the office, the sheriff’s department noted.

Hofer now faces additional charges of recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and flight to avoid prosecution.