Police: Man arrested for pointing gun at group and shooting in air at Sheldon Park Apartments


A resident of Sheldon Park Apartments in Harrison faces multiple charges after neighbors told police he pointed a gun at a group of people before firing a shot in the air, police said.

Trenton Ezell Simmons, 31, has been charged with two counts of gun crimes, terrorist threats, harassment and eight counts of negligent endangerment in connection with the March 17 incident, according to a criminal complaint.

He was released on non-monetary bail and faces a preliminary hearing before District Judge Carolyn Bengel on March 30, according to court documents.

Police were dispatched to the Allegheny County public housing complex just after 8:15 p.m. for a report of a group fighting and firing guns outside, the complaint said.

Responding officers spoke to a group of seven adults and one youth, who told them a man they only knew by his Facebook name “Brooks Price” approached them as they were outside an apartment and raised his voice complaint confrontational.

The man, later identified as Simmons, told the group they “scared his 7-year-old son” before he started pushing one of the men, police witnesses said.

Simmons is accused of pulling a firearm from his waistband, pointing it at each member of the group and then firing a bullet into the air, causing them to scatter, the complaint says.

A live 0.9mm cartridge and a spent cartridge case were recovered at the scene, police say, made by the same manufacturer and bearing the same markings.

Police surrounded Simmons’ home and waited for him to come out before taking him into custody, according to his arrest papers.

Simmons’ wife confirmed his identity to police and told them he did not own a firearm but she did have one, which was seized as evidence, the complaint said.

Police said Simmons’ criminal record, which includes arrests for gun violations, disqualifies him from possessing a firearm.

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