SMITHFIELD TWP., Pa. — A 69-year-old Monroe County man was arrested Wednesday after firing a gun he could not legally carry inside his sister’s residence, Pennsylvania State Police said.
According to police, Gary Swartz “discharged a Ruger .270 bolt action rifle” inside the residence in Smithfield Township. Swartz fled the scene but was taken into custody later on Wednesday, police said.
A subsequent investigation discovered that Swartz was legally unable to possess a firearm, prompting police to execute a search warrant on Swartz’s residence on Thursday. “Numerous” firearms and 5 pounds of processed marijuana plants were seized from Swartz’s residence, police said.
According to court documents, Swartz has been charged with recklessly endangering another person, discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and illegal possession of a firearm.