Williamsburg man charged after standoff

A Williamsburg man faces charges after a brief standoff with state police

Anthony M. Gonsman, 34, was arrested Monday evening after locking himself inside his home on the 300 block of Fairview Road while threatening to shoot himself, according to charges filed by state police before Magister­ial District Judge Paula Aigner.

It was just before 7 p.m. when state police were dispatched to the Gonsman house after an argument between Gonsman and his wife allegedly turned violent. Police indicated the argument stemmed from Gonsman not telling their kids about Mother’s Day.

Police said Gonsman tackled his wife, knocking her into some deck furniture, before he choked her. At one point, Gonsman told his kids to “remember me” and said he was going to kill himself.

When state troopers arrived, Gonsman had locked himself inside the house, and while troopers tried to get him to drop his gun and come out, another trooper crawled into the home through a window in another part of the house. Police said Gonsman told them he had a gun and it was between his legs, so troopers told him to let the gun drop but not to reach down with his hands. It was then the trooper inside the house kicked in the locked bathroom door, ordered Gonsman onto the floor and picked up the gun.

Gonsman was arraigned on a felony strangulation charge as well as misdemeanor charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Gonsman posted the $50,000 cash bail set by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger and a preliminary hearing before Judge Aigner in Hollidaysburg is slated for Tuesday.