Ex-PSU officer charged soon after investigation into firearm discharge


A former Penn State police officer was charged Tuesday following an investigation into the unintentional discharge of a firearm inside a Patton Township apartment.

Ryan Byrnes, 26, of State College, was placed on leave in September soon after he unintentionally discharged his Smith &amp Wesson M&ampP Sport II AR-15 when off-duty. No one particular was injured, although an apartment across the hallway was broken.

The lady inside the apartment told Patton Township police she heard a loud bang when studying in her living space and later noticed a hole in her front door, a gouge mark in a metal bookcase frame and several holes in the wall, according to an affidavit of probable lead to filed by police.

When met by police at the apartment, 520 Toftrees Ave., Byrnes mentioned he was cleaning his gun and accidentally fired a round, police wrote.

The bullet went by means of Byrnes’ door, the woman’s door and fragmented when it hit the metal bookcase frame. Byrnes mentioned he noticed the harm, but did not verify on the lady, police wrote. He did not report the incident to police.

He is no longer employed at Penn State, university police public data officer Jenn Cruden mentioned in a statement Tuesday. Additional facts about his departure could not be offered for the reason that it is a personnel matter, she mentioned.

“The Sept. 14 incident occurred when he was off-duty and off-campus and did not involve university gear,” Cruden wrote. “The matter is becoming handled by the Patton Township Police Division and the Centre County district attorney’s workplace.”

Byrnes was charged with one particular misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering a further individual. An lawyer for Byrnes was not listed on a court document.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. six.

Bret Pallotto mainly reports on courts and crime for the Centre Each day Occasions. He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Lock Haven University.


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