Washington man charged with attempted homicide

August 1, 2017
Eric Hanna Jr.

A Washington man was jailed on $1 million bond for allegedly firing a shot into a vehicle occupied by his ex-girlfriend.

Eric William Hanna Jr., 25, of 480 Jefferson Ave. was charged by state police in connection with the July 20 incident in Canton Township.

According to police, Kayla Wise and Dustin Phillips were seated in the front of Wise’s car along Ellis Avenue when Hanna arrived about 11:45 p.m. and allegedly struck Wise’s back bumper with his vehicle, causing damage. Police said Hanna got out of his vehicle, approached Wise’s car and started arguing with her. He allegedly pulled out a firearm and fired one shot into the air and one in the direction of the passenger seat, where Phillips was seated. The bullet passed through the windshield and window, shattering the glass, which cut Phillips’ hand.

Hanna allegedly fled in a car described as a black Honda Accord, which state police linked to a Washington woman. The woman told police that Hanna came to her home after the incident and told her they needed to leave. She said she got into the car with Hanna, and he drove to a hotel in St. Clairsville, Ohio. The woman said Hanna got out, and she returned to Washington.

Hanna was taken into custody Tuesday and was arraigned by District Judge David Mark. He was placed in Washington County Jail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, propelling a missile into an occupied vehicle, possession of a weapon, firearms not to be carried without a license, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 16 before Mark.

Natalie Reid Miller has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2013. A native of Burgettstown, she primarily covers Washington and surrounding communities. Natalie has a writing degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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