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Cherry Hill Man Charged After Firing Gun In Home, Police Say

Police responded in force to the township's Woodcrest section Friday.

Officers talk outside the home where Stephen Menyhar allegedly fired several shots Friday.
Officers talk outside the home where Stephen Menyhar allegedly fired several shots Friday.

A Tearose Lane resident who had a cache of weapons in his home was arrested after firing a gun in his house early Friday afternoon, Cherry Hill Police said.

Stephen Menyhar, 65, fired at least one shot inside his home in the 1700 block of Tearose around noon Friday, leaving bullet holes through multiple rooms, police said, but didn’t injure anyone in the process.

Officers closed down the street and surrounded the home, and Cherry Hill’s tactical response team was called into the scene, and Menyhar surrendered after their arrival, police said. He left the house and was arrested immediately without further incident, and police escorted his wife from the scene a short time later.

"He walked straight out," Marilyn Menyhar said, describing the "surreal" scene, with officers aiming guns at her husband as he walked out the front door with his arms raised. "He just did what they told him. He was 100-percent cooperative."

She said the single gunshot was an accident, and went through a bedroom wall and into a bathroom.

Neighbors said it was a crazy scene, with at least a dozen police cars rolling into the quiet section of Woodcrest. A utility worker who had been walking the neighborhood said he hadn’t ever seen anything like it in the area.

Stephen Menyhar had multiple weapons inside the home, police said, ranging from rifles and pistols to black powder guns and various edged weapons, leading to multiple weapons charges.

He was charged with certain persons not to possess weapons, possession of a stun gun and two counts of possession of high capacity ammunition magazines, and was lodged in the Camden County Jail in lieu of $27,500 bail, and was still in jail as of Saturday afternoon.

Elliotaf July 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Good job, Bryan...that all makes sense based on what we saw! I know Cherry Hill Police policy has always been very closed-mouth on scenes. Very frustrating for news organizations, which is why most others give up on stories like this one. Thanks for sticking with it.

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