5 years in Annsville standoff


The Annsville man charged after an eight-hour standoff with law enforcers admitted in County Court this morning to possessing a .223-caliber assault rifle.

Daniel G. Bragg, 41, of 3275 Pond Hill Road, pleaded guilty before Judge Michael L. Dwyer to third-degree possession of a weapon, court officials said. Bragg accepted a plea offer of five years in prison from the District Attorney’s Office. He is scheduled for sentencing on May 16.

Authorities said on the night of Feb. 2, Bragg was in a dispute with his ex-wife at their residence, during which he threatened her with the .223-caliber assault rifle. Law enforcers responded, but they said Bragg refused to come to the door to cooperate. The officers left, then returned at about 1 p.m. Feb. 3 with an arrest warrant. Again, however, authorities said Bragg refused to even answer the door, instead barricading himself inside the residence.

For the next eight hours, law enforcers surrounded the home and tried to make contact with Bragg — but he was not responding. Eventually, the state police Special Response Team forced their way into the residence and found Bragg in the basement. They fired tear gas down into the basement and that drew Bragg out.