Summerville resident charged with attempted homicide

Staff Writer

A Summerville resident has been charged with attempted homicide after an incident that occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. March 9 on Toadtown Road in Clover Township, Jefferson County.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, and Clarion Stations responded to a call from Mitchell James Shealy, 30, Summerville, reporting a domestic violence situation that escalated from a verbal confrontation to the discharge of a firearm.

A police investigation determined that Shealy and Kimberly Opal Moats, 28, Summerville, engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical when Moats allegedly retrieved a 30-30 caliber rifle from the living room of the residence and confronted Shealy in the kitchen. Moats allegedly fired one round from the gun, striking a door near Shealy's head.

Following the shooting, Moats allegedly fled the residence, where she was taken into custody by police upon their arrival. Moats surrendered without further incident and posed no threat to law enforcement.

The investigation is ongoing.

Moats has been charged with the following: criminal attempt/homicide (one count), aggravated assault (two counts, felony of the first degree and felony of the second degree), simple assault (one count, misdemeanor of the second degree) and recklessly endangering another person (one count, misdemeanor of the second degree).

Moats was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Doug Chambers on March 10. Bail was set at $250,000. Moats was remanded to the Jefferson County Jail, pending a preliminary hearing to be scheduled at a later date. Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett was apprised of the investigation and approved the charges.