PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP — Two area residents were injured by gunfire during a shooting Wednesday night at a residence on North Hermitage Road in Pymatuning Township. One of them was arrested by Mercer County’s Critical Incident Response Team after refusing to leave the residence in which he had entered through a window.
According to an affidavit for probable cause:
Jessi L. Hudson, no address given, was arrested after entering a woman’s residence at 3812 N. Hermitage. When police responded and heard shots fired inside the residence, they entered through the front door and were fired upon, allegedly by Hudson, and they returned fire.
Police said he disappeared to another part of the residence and a woman who was injured during the gunfire heard by police was removed and taken to a Youngstown hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
CIRT eventually removed Hudson, who was armed, from the residence. He was taken to Sharon Regional Health System’s emergency room for treatment.
Hudson told police that he was being chased by other men. He told police that his vehicle had broken down in front of the residence and police said he admitted to breaking a window to gain entry. He said he thought the police entering the residence were the men who had been chasing him, and said he fired his handgun.
At Sharon Regional, suspected drugs were confiscated from Hudson. Some of it has been sent to a crime lab for analysis, while a powdery substance found on Hudson was tested and turned out to be cocaine.
All traffic was stopped for about a mile on state Route 18 between Colt Road and Edgewood Drive. PennDOT was called to erect portable flashing signs at the two intersections along the four-lane highway.
Hudson was arraigned on a host of charges and is lodged in Mercer County Jail after failing to post $300,000 bond.
The incident began at about 8:20 p.m.