A 38-year-old Middletown man has been charged with threatening to kill police in an Oct. 1 standoff at his home.
Anthony DiFrancesco was charged Oct. 12 with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime (a Taurus .357 revolver), disorderly conduct and firing a firearm in the borough.
According to court records, DiFrancesco ordered family members out of the house in the 100 block of High Street, and when police arrived at 8:15 p.m. was threatening to shoot himself.
Police said he also threatened to kill any police who tried to come into the house, and tried to “goad them into coming in,” court records state.
During the standoff, after a “negligent discharge by one officer,” DiFrancesco fired a shot out the living room window that was within six feet of where a police officer had been standing, records state.
Around 11:30 p.m. DiFrancesco said he was going to come out of the house and kill himself, but his attempts failed. Police fired and struck him with a “less lethal” 40 mm round and he was taken into custody. DiFrancesco was taken to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment.