Warfordsburg man, woman await hearings in January shooting

by Geoff Fox

A man and woman from Warfordsburg were arrested for their part in a January 7 shooting at a Needmore residence on Barnhart Road.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, just after 10 a.m., police from the McConnellsburg barrack were dispatched to a residence on Barnhart Road in Belfast Township for the report of a male who had been shot multiple times with a shotgun.

The 54-year-old male victim from Needmore was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma for treatment.

Timothy Shatzer, 42, and Crista Mills, 33, both of Warfordsburg, were arrested at another location for the shooting and associated charges. They face multiple charges each.

According to court records, Shatzer was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, attempted robbery with inflict of serious bodily injury, attempted robbery to commit threat, attempted robbery to inflict immediate bodily injury, attempts to cause serious bodily injury or cause injury with extreme indifference, and aggravated assault with attempts to cause or causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

Shatzer was denied bail and was committed to Bedford County Prison.

Mills was charged with criminal solicitation – murder of the first degree.

Bail was also denied for Mills.  She was also committed to the Bedford County Jail.

Both Mills and Shatzer were scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 20, but that hearing was continued and rescheduled for March 22.

At press time, a Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson said the investigation was ongoing and officers did not have any further details to release regarding the case.

Mills and Shatzer were both involved in an unrelated criminal incident in Berkeley Springs in mid-December, resulting in Shatzer being jailed. Shatzer was the driver of a vehicle that police had tried to pull over on December 12, 2020 for speeding along Winchester Grade Road. Instead of pulling over, Shatzer allegedly sped up to over 80 miles per hour, running from police for more than five miles, then driving through a yard and striking a rock, then running off the roadway.

According to police, Shatzer then fled on foot into nearby woods. Mills was his front-seat passenger during the incident. Shatzer allegedly told police he fled because his license was suspended and he believed there was a warrant out for his arrest from Maryland. According to Morgan County court recods, Shatzer remained in jail until January 5, 2021 – just two days before he and Mills are accused of trying to kill a Southern Fulton man.