Northampton Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILFiretrucks line Route 512 in Bath after reports of gunfire Aug. 7 on nearby Sleepy Hollow Road in Bath. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILFiretrucks line Route 512 in Bath after reports of gunfire Aug. 7 on nearby Sleepy Hollow Road in Bath.
A medical services tent is assembled after initial reports indicated the man who fired shots might have hostages inside the home. That report was deemed to be false, police said. A medical services tent is assembled after initial reports indicated the man who fired shots might have hostages inside the home. That report was deemed to be false, police said.
An armored vehicle stands ready in case the Pennsylvania State Police Emergency Response Team was directed to storm the home. An armored vehicle stands ready in case the Pennsylvania State Police Emergency Response Team was directed to storm the home.

Police respond to report of gunfire in Bath

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Police Log

Borough man is apprehended after firing shots during attempted vehicle repossession

A 24-year-old Bath man was apprehended by Colonial Regional Police Department officers Monday night after allegedly firing multiple shots in the borough earlier that day.

According to police, Michael P. McGinnis Jr. was captured in Chapman after he discharged a weapon in the area of 111 Sleepy Hollow Road while his vehicle was being repossessed.

The gunfire triggered a massive police presence in Bath. Because police did not know if McGinnis was still inside his Sleepy Hollow Road home or if he had anyone inside with him, CRPD requested assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police Emergency Response Team.

Sleepy Hollow Road is a dead-end street on Bath borough’s northern edge.

The multiple-hour standoff ended around 5:30 p.m. Monday after confirmation that McGinnis was not in the home but had fled the area on foot.

Police apprehended him at 1425 Main St., Chapman Borough.

No injuries were reported, police said.

Further investigation by officers found a .45-caliber handgun and a knife with brass knuckles inside the Sleepy Hollow Road home.

McGinnis will be charged with recklessly endangering another person, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon and disorderly conduct, police said.