Ulster man accused of wielding shotgun during domestic dispute
James Kelvin Buskirk, 27, of Ulster is facing charges after allegedly grabbing a shotgun during a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend at a residence on North Orwell Road in Rome Township on Dec. 26.
Buskirk is facing charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment in the court of Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.
Police said Buskirk became involved in an argument with his ex-girlfriend when he took a shotgun and began reaching for ammunition. His ex-girlfriend told police that this placed her in fear of serious bodily injury, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police.
It was also reported that Buskirk had two small children in the house at the time of the incident, police said.
Police said they apprehended Buskirk without any major incident when he admitted that he was in possession of the shotgun. The gun was a Taiyo Juki 12 gauge, a break open designed single shot firearm that is manufactured in Japan. Police seized the weapon from a vehicle at the residence during their investigation.
A separate witness was later contacted by police who related that Buskirk said he wanted to shoot himself during the incident. The witness also said Buskirk began reaching above the refrigerator, where he commonly keeps ammunition, police said.
Buskirk was arraigned on Dec. 27 by Judge Jonathan Wilcox and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $55,000 bail, which he was unable to post at the time.
A bail hearing held on Dec. 31 resulted in Judge Wheaton lowering Buskirk's bail to $5,000. The Bradford County Correctional Facility said Tuesday that Buskirk did post bail and was released the same day.
All charges against Buskirk are misdemeanor or summary offenses.
Police made no mention of physical abuse occurring during the incident.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Wheaton.
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