Alan C. Shearer
Alan C. Shearer

A Dauphin County man avoided being sentenced Monday morning on burglary cases in York County Court, but it took a standoff with state troopers and a bullet in his arm, according to police.

Alan C. Shearer, 55, of the 200 block of Erie Street in Dauphin Borough, had previously pleaded no contest to burglary in five separate cases and was set to be sentenced at 9 a.m., according to York County court records.

But about 6:30 a.m. Monday, Shearer told his wife he didn't want to go to jail, then grabbed a .30-30 rifle, state police said. His wife called 911.

Arriving troopers got Shearer's wife out of the house and talked with Shearer for about 45 minutes, but were unable to convince him to come outside, said Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

Shot in arm: Shearer then shot himself in the left biceps, according to Hicks. He was taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment and told police it was an accident, Hicks said.

Sentencing in his five burglary cases has been rescheduled to March 18, court records state.

Defense attorney George Margetas said there's no agreed-upon punishment in Shearer's York County cases, meaning it will be up to a judge to impose sentence. The attorney confirmed Shearer could be sentenced to prison.

"He was scared to go to jail, but nothing to the point where I thought he'd do something like this," Margetas said.

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