RICE TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre Township man was charged Thursday with attempted homicide after police said he fired a gun Wednesday night and injured a 75-year-old man.
Nicholas Drust, 19, of Keating Street, was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after an incident on Heslop Road.
According to a criminal complaint, police were called to Heslop Road for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Harry Kemmerer told police he had previously seen the vehicle and had made reports about it to police.
Kemmerer then contacted his friend, Larry Papach, said police, and the two men blocked the roadway in an attempt to identify and hold the vehicle in place until police arrived. The vehicle, a 1999 red Honda Civic was driven by Robert Drust, and Nicholas Drust was in the passenger seat, according to police.
Robert Drust asked to be allowed to leave the area and became “agitated” when he found out the police were contacted, according to the criminal complaint. Robert Drust began to scream at Kemmerer and Papach, then punched Papach in the face, police said. Papach fell into a ditch, police said.
Nicholas Drust exited the Honda with a semi-automatic handgun, according to police.
Papach then got into his vehicle as Drust approached, again yelling, and telling his son that Papach was getting a gun and that Nicholas Drust should get his, according to an affidavit.
Nicholas Drust shot all rounds from the gun in Papach’s direction, leaving bullet holes in the windshield, fender, headlight, front bumper and hood, police said. Papach received gunshot wounds to his right hand and shoulder.
Papach returned fire, hitting the right rear passenger door, police said. Robert Drust was struck in the left thigh.
When police interviewed Nicholas Drust at police headquarters, they said, Drust admitted to firing at Papach and that he was “attempting to hit center mass and incapacitate his target.”
Both Robert Drust and Papach were taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Nicholas Drust was arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker and taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. No bail or preliminary hearing information was available Thursday.