Monongahela man accused of trying to disarm trooper

August 25, 2014
George Andrew Girdish

A Monongahela man was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly tried to disarm one of two state troopers called to the West Bethlehem Township home of the suspect’s mother for a report of a disturbance.

George Andrew Girdish, 58, of 205 Valley St., Monongahela, was arrested by state police on charges of aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and person not to possess a firearm.

Troopers Chad Scrip and Matthew Terkay were called about 11 a.m. to 84 Grable Road, West Bethlehem, for a report Girdish was tearing up his mother’s home looking for rifles and a pistol.

When troopers arrived and approached the house, they could see a side door was open. Terkay told Girdish to come out of the home and show his hands. Instead, Girdish reportedly slammed the door and fled into the house.

Terkay kicked open the door, and the troopers entered.

Both troopers chased Girdish through the house, and he ran out a rear sliding glass door to a porch, police said. While on the porch, he reportedly picked up a walker and threw it at Terkay. Terkay said he was able to grab Girdish, and both men fell off the porch onto the ground.

When Terkay landed on Girdish, the suspect allegedly grabbed the barrel of Terkay’s rifle and tried to pull it away from the trooper. “Girdish repeatedly yelled, ‘Give me the gun. Give me the gun,’” the police report stated.

Police said Scrip was able to pin Girdish’s hand to the ground to stop him from getting the rifle.

Police said Girdish continued to ignore their commands. Terkay used a Taser in an attempt to take Girdish into custody, but the Monongahela man continued to resist, police said. Terkay eventually was able to get control of Girdish’s other hand and place him in handcuffs.

Girdish was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 5 before District Judge Curtis Thompson.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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