The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 25, 2013

Johnstown man jailed in Prospect gun incident

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly tried to shoot a man in the head, authorities said.

City police said James Cleveland George, 55, allegedly pulled a .357 magnum revolver during a dispute in the 300 block of Moore Street in Johnstown’s Prospect neighborhood around 6:15 p.m.  

Police said George allegedly placed the gun to a man’s head, but the man shoved the gun away, causing the gun to discharge.

No one was injured.

George reportedly told police that he went outside to confront a man who was yelling at him.

“I took a gun with me because I can’t fight and did not want to get beat up,” George said, according to a police criminal complaint

“I’m not going to lie. One round was fired from the handgun.”

Police recovered the handgun from George’s Moore Street home and found it to be loaded with six rounds.

George was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and attempted simple assault.

He was arraigned by District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $20,000 bond.

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