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Scott A. Stauffer faces charges after bringing a gun to a Halloween party

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:24:43 AM CDT
PALMER TWP., Pa. -

A man who brought a loaded gun into a home after a dispute broke out at a Halloween party is facing charges, officials said.

Scott A. Stauffer admitted he brought a handgun from his truck into a home at 1407 Merion Ave., Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., where he was attending a Halloween party, after a two people began arguing at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

Stauffer said he entered a bedroom and became involved in a verbal and physical confrontation going on between Michael Rogers and three other men, and placed the gun on a dresser, officials said.

Rogers told police that he grabbed the gun and emptied the bullets in the magazine on the floor, and that Stauffer then threatened to shoot somebody, officials said.

Police found Stauffer sitting in his truck outside the home with a fully loaded magazine on the ground next to the driver's door, officials said, adding that a search of the truck turned up a nylon duffle bag behind the driver's seat that contained a semi-automatic pistol, two empty magazines and nine cartridges that were identical to the ones found on the floor of the bedroom.

Stauffer, 39, of 754 Williams Ave., Walnutport, Northampton Co., was arraigned on charges of making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 31.