CARMICHAELS – A Cumberland Township man was charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats after he allegedly pulled a teenage relative from a dirt bike, threw him to the ground and choked him until he had trouble breathing.
According to police, David Keith Morgan, 40, of 2549 E. Roy Furman Highway, Carmichaels, assaulted the boy when the teen came home with a friend intending to have a bonfire. Morgan then allegedly retrieved a firearm from inside the home and fired two shots into the ground. The teen, his friend, and another juvenile were inside the home when the shots were fired, according to a criminal complaint.
When police arrived, Morgan’s parents, Shirley and Robert Morgan, were in the kitchen of the residence. Shirley Morgan told police her son was in the bedroom with a gun and he had threatened, “If the police are called, someone will die.”
According to the complaint, Shirley Morgan told police she feared for her safety and that of the others in the home. She noted a past history of substance abuse and mental health issues related to her son.
David Morgan was removed from the home by Cumberland Township police officers without further incident. An Ithica .410 rifle was located in the bedroom where he was found when police arrived. The gun is registered to Robert Morgan. Police also retrieved four bullets from David Morgan’s front shirt pocket.
David Morgan is also charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and two summary violations.
He is being held in Greene County jail on $25,000 straight cash bond. A preliminary hearing in the matter is scheduled for July 29 at 2:30 p.m.