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Suspect in Mercer County shooting and police standoff jailed on $250,000 bond

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A Mercer County man remains jailed on $250,000 bond for allegedly shooting a friend, then holding police at bay for more than four hours on Wednesday.

Matt Sines, 22,  of Jackson Center was arraigned before a District Magistrate on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of reckless endangerment, and firing a weapon into an occupied structure.

Investigators said Sines allegedly became intoxicated and agitated, then shot Jacob Boughner in the arm, as Boughner was trying to run from the bedroom of an apartment on state Route 62 around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday.

State police said Sines fired the 9mm handgun in the direction of a room where a one year old boy was in a crib.

Boughner got out,  leaving Sines in the apartment with a woman, a teenager and the baby.

A neighbor who heard what was going on managed to help the others get out of the apartment.

"Matt was laying in the bed with a gun on his waistline and we said, 'Matt, it's us, it's ok.' He kind of lifted up his head and lifted up the gun too, so we just shut the door," said Levi Martin, who also lives at the complex.

A police SWAT team surrounded the apartment and evacuated nearby homes. 

During the standoff, five gunshots were heard inside, but no one else was injured.

Four hours after the ordeal began, Sines surrendered to authorities.

"He was taken into custody after our special emergency response team unit arrived and provided tactical resources," said Lt. Eric Hermick, Pennsylvania Patrol Section Commander.

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