East Pikeland man charged for shooting gun toward park

EAST PIKELAND — Township police arrested a 45-year-old man for reckless endangerment after he allegedly shot multiple times at a piece of wood outside his home Saturday evening.

Philip Yost, 45, was taken into custody after East Pikeland Police on patrol near Kimberton Park heard “about five gun shots coming from the Coldstream Road area of the township,” according to a press release.

East Pikeland Police Chief James Franciscus said Yost was allegedly using a .22-caliber gun to shoot.

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“After backup arrived, the East Pikeland Police checked the area (of) the 300 block of Coldstream Road,” the release said. “They came across the defendant, Philip Yost, who told officers he had been shooting in his back yard toward the park. Yost had been drinking and had fired about 20 rounds at a piece of wood in his back yard.”

Yost was charged with reckless endangerment but there was no mention of charges related to drinking.

Franciscus said there is a township ordinance prohibiting the firing of projectiles which Yost allegedly violated.

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