Pennsylvania State Police shot a Susquehanna County man Monday morning who allegedly pointed a rifle at troopers, police said.
State police said they were called to the area of 5023 Harmony Road shortly after 7 a.m. for a report of a vehicle crash. When they arrived, police said, troopers encountered Edward Lee Bentler of Hallstead, who was standing outside the vehicle holding a rifle, pointed in the direction of the troopers.
Police said Bentler was shot after he refused orders from the troopers to drop the weapon. Bentler was treated at the scene and taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center.
Bentler, police said, had a felony warrant from a "previous incident."
Bentler was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, theft and related offenses stemming from a robbery that happened Sunday at 38 Jefferson St., Lanesboro, police said in court papers.
The robbery involved Enos White, whom police said was beaten by Bentler following an argument at his residence.
Police said Bentler went to White’s home "in search of drugs." White told police Bentler punched him in the face, knocking him down, and kicked him before stealing his .22 caliber rifle and fleeing in his Ford pickup truck.