Police: Woman intended to kill cop
A Huntingdon woman faces charges, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, after she allegedly admitted to seeking out a gun, which she intended to use to kill a police officer, for whom she has romantic feelings.
Shannon B. Erb, 40, of the 800 block of Mifflin Street visited a man July 22 and asked him to give her a gun, according to a criminal complaint filed by Huntingdon Borough police.
The man later contacted police to report that Erb said she “wanted to kill” a police officer, the complaint reads.
Police spoke with the man at a home along Warm Springs Avenue, where he explained Erb “is infatuated” with the officer and was upset because the officer “does not return the feelings,” according to the complaint.
Erb was later arrested at an apartment on Moore Street and transported to the Huntingdon Borough Police Department, where she was questioned, police said.
There, she admitted to seeking out the gun so she could kill the officer, police said, explaining Erb also said she was suffering with mental illness.
“Erb stated that she was schizophrenic and has been hearing voices,” officers wrote in the complaint.
“Initially, Erb stated that the voices were telling her to ‘kill’ herself,” the complaint continues. “Lately, she has felt the urge to ‘kill’ (the officer) before he kills her.”
Erb asked for help and was sent to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, for a mental health evaluation and was eventually transferred to The Meadows, a behavioral health treatment facility in Centre Hall, officers said.
In the following days, Erb repeatedly called into the Huntingdon Borough Police Department, saying “whoever is going to die will die, and that is a promise.”
Because of the repeated threats, officers charged Erb with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and attempted aggravated assault, according to the complaint.
She also faces misdemeanor charges of attempted simple assault, making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, online court records show.
Erb was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Richard S. Wilt. She is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 16.
Because of the seriousness of her charges, bail was denied, according to online court records.
Erb’s charges come less than a year after state police Trooper Landon Weaver was shot and killed while on duty in Huntingdon County.