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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Suspect accused of shooting at police, attempted homicide

  • Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, said that Robert Brundage, Jr., age 52, of Sterling Township, is in custody as of Sunday morning Nov. 17 on 10 counts of Attempted Homicide and 10 counts of Aggravated Assault.
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  • Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, said that Robert Brundage, Jr., age 52, of Sterling Township, is in custody as of Sunday morning Nov. 17 on 10 counts of Attempted Homicide and 10 counts of Aggravated Assault.
    According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, Brundage initially physically assaulted his girlfriend, Hope Hernandez, age 47, Saturday night. Brundage also poured gasoline on her and then retrieved a pistol and said "I want you dead". Brundage fired five shots at Hernandez.
    Hernandez then fled to a neighbor's home and called 911. Pennsylvania State Troopers from the Honesdale Barracks and PSP Blooming Grove responded to the scene at 89 Woodland Drive. Brundage then fired numerous shots at the responding troopers from his home, police said.
    Officers from the Dunmore PSP Barracks assisted at the scene and the Special Emergency Response Team from the Pennsylvania State Police were summoned and arrived shortly thereafter. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Brundage surrendered to law enforcement by voluntarily exiting his home. Brundage was taken into custody and later arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards with bail set at $1,000,000.00.
    The victim told State Police that she and Brundage were at a party earlier in the day where Brundage and other friends had consumed spiced rum, flavored vodka, whiskey and beer. They were also smoking marijuana. Brundage became extremely intoxicated and the girlfriend decided to take him home, the affidavit states. Brundage was not cooperative in leaving but did so. During the drive home, Brundage attempted to cause her to drive off the road, SR 380, by grabbing the steering wheel and attempting to shift the car into another gear. She told police he kept hitting her; she called 9-1-1 from the car but contact with police was not made.
    Upon arriving at home, the victim advised Brundage she wanted to her bag and was going home. The affidavit states that Brundage then grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. He also grabbed her cell phone and eyeglasses. After smashing the eyeglasses he poured gasoline on her and went inside. When he came out, Brundage had a pistol, and commenced firing at her after saying he wanted her dead, the affidavit relates.
    The victim was able to get up and drive the car to the neighbor's house.
    Once on scene, State Police attempts were made to contact Brundage who was inside the house, by telephone and then through a loudspeaker. No response was received other than flicking the lights off and on.
    Police said Brundage then fired the .45 mm handgun at Troopers Jamison Warner, Michael Jezercak and Carl Szymanski, and six other Pa. State Troopers. Police also returned fire.
    District Attorney Edwards stated "this was an extraordinary incident wherein the dangers of being a police officer are clear. The Pennsylvania State Police acted swiftly and with extreme precision to secure the scene and ended the encounter without the loss of life. They should be commended."
    Page 2 of 2 - The affidavit was filed by Trooper Wayne Thomas Jr. and Trooper Sharon Palmer of the Honesdale barracks.
    The filing of criminal charges in not evidence of guilt, but simply a description of the charge made by the Commonwealth against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the Commonwealth has proven the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant enters a guilty plea to the charges.

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