Location: Unit block of Firetower Road, Camden-Wyoming, DE
Date of Occurrence: Monday September 9, 2013 at approximately 6:30 p.m.
32 year old female
27 year old male
52 year old male
5 year old female
7 year old male
4 year old female
1 year old male
Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:
James F. Erbaugh, 66, Camden-Wyoming, DE (Photo Attached)
Reckless Endangering 1st (7 counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Harassment (3 counts)
Arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $51,000.00 secured bond.
Camden-Wyoming, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a 66 year old man after he shot numerous rounds toward his neighbor.
Troopers were dispatched to the unit block of Firetower Road on Monday September 9tharound 6:30 p.m. for a report of All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) being driving along the road. Although no traffic offenses were observed, troopers made contact with some youths in the area that were released without any further action. Erbaugh, who initially made the complaint, was contacted and appeared despondent with the outcome.
Shortly after leaving the area, troopers were called back to the residence for a report of Erbaugh shooting his gun in the direction of a neighbor that was outside with six other people, including four young children. Further investigation revealed, after the troopers left the residence, Erbaugh emerged from his house armed with a .22 caliber handgun and fired several shots in the direction of a dirt pile located approximately 160 feet from the neighbor’s residence. Prior to shooting his gun, Erbaugh shouted several harassing statements to the 32 year old homeowner.
James Erbaugh was transported to Troop 3 where he was arrested for 7 counts of Reckless Endangering, 3 counts of Harassment, and one count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to SCI in default of $51,000.00 secured bond. He was also issued a no-contact order with any of the victims and was required to surrender all weapons in his home.