A veteran Harrisburg firefighter is behind bars after he pointed a gun at police officers and threatened his neighbors over the weekend. It happened late Sunday night on the 1900 block of North Street in Harrisburg.
Matthew Duvall is being held in Dauphin County prison on $500,000 bail. He faces a slew of charges from the incident that happened over the holiday weekend. In all, 10 counts of recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness charges.
Police say Duvall, armed with a MAC 10 style gun, was making threats to people in his neighborhood. When police arrived, they witnessed Duvall enter his home and emerge pointing a gun at police. That's when police ordered Duvall to place the gun on the ground and to raise his hands. They say after a few minutes Duvall complied and was taken into custody without anymore problems.
"That is a very fortunate situation that no deadly force was used because his two kids were there and his wife was also present so I'm happy that everything turned out the way that it did," said Police Chief, Tom Carter.
Harrisburg Fire Chief, Brian Enterline, released a statement in part saying that Duvall is on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident. Chief Enterline confirmed that Duvall was off duty at the time of the incident.
Harrisburg police say the gun Duvall was carrying was reported stolen from the Swatara Township Police Department. But, Chief Carter says there could be a mix up and that gun might not be stolen.
He will know after he completes his investigation.
Duvall is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 4th.