Denver man arrested after firing handgun into New Holland area homes

By on January 14, 2016


A Denver man was quickly apprehended by New Holland police after he fired bullets into at least two occupied homes late Friday night.

Nicholas J. Irvin

Nicholas J. Irvin

Nicholas J. Irvin, 30, was charged with two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, according to New Holland police.

“He just wanted to see how it feels,” Lt. Jonathan Heisse said Saturday morning.

Heisse said Irvin was driving down Route 322 at around 10 p.m. Friday when he fired the gun out the window of his vehicle.

The bullet, Heisse said, “goes right into a home, and there’s a family inside. It just misses them.”

The first incident occurred in the 1800 block of Division Highway, Earl Township. The house was occupied by two adults and five children, police said.

Irvin fired again in the 900 block of North Railroad Avenue, police said. Again, Heisse said, the bullet lodged in the wall of an occupied home.

No one was injured at either scene.

While police were investigating the two scenes, a disturbance was reported in the 200 block of East Franklin Street. Police found Irvin at the scene, inside a vehicle and in possession of a .40 caliber pistol. A spent shell casing was on the passenger seat, police said.

When questioned at the scene, police said, Irvin admitted to firing his handgun while driving. He was taken into custody and again confessed to the incidents to police at the station.

Irvin was arraigned and taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $75,000 cash bail, Heisse said.

Tom Knapp is a staff writer at LNP.


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