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‘Armed Fugitive’ Turns Himself In

WARREN, Pa. — A fugitive accused of firearms violations and suspected of operating a meth lab turned himself in on Monday.

Daniel W. Heidler, 35, of Columbus, turned himself in to Pennsylvania State Police.

Heidler is charged with a felony firearms violation and a charge of false reports.

He was arraigned before District Justice Todd Woodin and taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Heidler was listed as the victim of a June 27 attempted homicide in Columbus Township.

Tab D. Hunter, 36, of Corry, was originally charged with attempted homicide after witnesses, including Heidler, told police Hunter fired a gun at Heidler several times.

Video evidence contradicted testimony presented by witnesses, according to Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene. The attempted homicide charge against Hunter was withdrawn.

Further investigation also revealed that Heidler had a .22-caliber rifle at the time of the June 27 incident, police said. Due to a 2017 conviction for operating a methamphetamine lab, Heidler is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, police said.

Police attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Heidler on Tuesday, July 7, in Freehold Township.

Troopers saw Heidler driving and a pursuit ensued with Heidler driving across the state line into New York, crashing the vehicle, and fleeing on foot.

Police from multiple agencies in both states, including K-9 units, conducted an unsuccessful search for Heidler.

Police executed a search warrant on the residence, finding the rifle Heidler “possessed during the initial… investigation,” as well as “items… associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” according to the affidavit of probable cause. The State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to the scene.

“Additional charges are being sought as the investigation is ongoing,” State Police said in a previous release.

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