A Pennsylvania man is in hospital today because he didn't want to go to jail.
A Dauphin County man is recovering after he shot himself to avoid going to jail. On February 11, State Police were called to the 200 block of Erie Street in Dauphin Boro for a call of a suicidal man. Police say Alan Shearer, 55, shot himself to avoid sentencing for burglary charges. Shearer's wife told police, he said he didn't want to go back to jail and grabbed a 30-30 rifle. His wife called 911 and troopers talked with Shearer for approximately 45 minutes trying to talk him down. Shearer wouldn't come out of the house, and then Troopers heard a gun shot. Police found Shearer with a self inflicted gun shot wound in the left bicep. He was alert and conscious, and told police he accidentally shot himself. He was taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.