Teen charged with making terroristic threats for discharging firearm

A Sugar Grove teenager is behind bars after he allegedly expressed his displeasure about going to school by firing off a dozen rounds from a rifle in the air near the residence and a road.

Aaron J. McMillen, 18, of 9116 Jackson Run Rd., was charged by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police in connection with the incident that occurred Friday morning at about 8:30 a.m. at a residence just east of Brown Hill Rd. in Sugar Grove Twp.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Laura Bauer, troopers were dispatched to the area on a report of McMillen discharging a rifle.

Upon arriving at the scene, police took McMillen into custody.

“We observed 12 spent 30-06 shell casings in the driveway of 9116 Jackson Run Rd.,” troopers explained. “One of the rounds was lodged into a pine tree approximately 20 feet from the residence. The other 11 rounds went in an unknown direction but they were in close proximity to several houses and public roads.”

A victim at the scene “related she was trying to get (McMillen) to go to school and he got mad and left the residence, drive a pickup in the driveway of the residence and then went back inside the house.”

She reported that he shouted an obscenity at her and “when went into the house, grabbed a gun from the locked cabinet, loaded it and went outside and started firing rounds from the rifle.”

The victim told police she ran to a back bedroom “as she was scared of what (McMillen) might do with the gun” before she called 911 to report the incident.

Police say McMillen admitted to firing “several rounds up in the air in the direction of the tree.”

According to the criminal complaint, police allege that he fired the weapon “with intent to terrorize” the victim.

Online court records indicate that McMillen was arraigned by District Judge Laura Bauer Friday at 12:15 p.m. on charges of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, two counts of disorderly conduct and harassment.

Those records also show that he is being held at the Warren County Jail after he was unable to post $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.


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