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New details have emerged of the clash between police and John Albert Wineland in Tyrone which ended after nearly 5pm on Friday.

Wineland, 54, faces a litany of charges, including three counts of aggravated assault; one count of possession of a prohibited firearm; three misdemeanor counts of threatening terrorism and recklessly endangering another person and six misdemeanor counts of assault, court records show. Unable to post the $300,000 bond, Wineland is being held in the Blair County Jail.

A police report shows the charges stem from the events that led to the standoff. At approximately 4:48 p.m. Thursday, three people arrived at Tyrone Borough Police Department to report an assault at their residence on Riddle Avenue.

One victim reported to police that Wineland started drinking around 9 a.m. that day and began verbally fighting with her and the second victim.

The second victim said she was upstairs with Wineland later when he pulled out a silver handgun and said he was going to shoot her. The second victim said he grabbed his pocket knife and stabbed Wineland in the hand, after which he grabbed the knife and stabbed her in the cheek, according to police documents.

The victims reported that Wineland was “Screaming at them too about someone stealing their weed” then told the third victim that he was going to break his neck.

The first victim told police Wineland began to fight with her and threw the kitchen chair at her. Wineland then told the first victim he had guns and was going to shoot him, according to police records.

Wineland threw a television and a kitchen lamp before smashing other items in the house. He then went down with three guns, according to police records.

The first victim told police she was able to take the other two victims outside the residence when Wineland followed them “with a handgun and two other long guns.” Wineland resumed threatening the first victim, saying he was going to shoot him, according to police documents.

The first victim was able to get the other two victims into the car and drive to the police station. All three victims reported to the police that they feared for their lives.

At the station, the reporting officer said he saw one victim was covered in blood and had a laceration on his right cheek which was still bleeding. Emergency services were dispatched for his injuries.

The reporting officer also said he was provided with a video taken of Wineland at the residence which showed he had a bloody right hand and was carrying “a silver handgun and two long guns.” The video then shows Wineland yelling at the first victim before returning to the residence.

Police records show Wineland to be a criminal for not owning firearms. On June 18, 1987, Wineland pleaded guilty to burglary, and on August 4, 1993, he pleaded guilty to offensive weapons prohibited.

Mirror Staff Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.



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