Psychiatric evaluation due Wellsville shooting suspect

LISBON???-???A Wellsville man accused of holding police in a standoff and firing a round in their direction will receive a psychiatric evaluation prior to his trial, which was set for May 21 in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Joel Possage, 34, Commerce Street, appeared with his attorneys before Judge C. Ashley Pike, who requested the no contact order between Possage and his wife Tracy be lifted. Pike went along with the request as long as any visitation with the children remain supervised.

Defense attorney Mark Hanni of Poland also explained as they prepare for trial they will have a psychiatric evaluation done for Possage and they plan to employ a ballistics expert.

According to police reports at the time of the standoff, Wellsville Police Chief Joseph Scarabino, patrolmen Jeff Weekley and Luke Skidmore and Liverpool Township patrolman Lt. Justin Wright responded to Possage’s home after a neighbor called just prior to 7 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012, to tell police she learned Possage planned to kill his wife and himself. She had already heard a shot fired.

When police arrived, Possage was in the garage and officers surrounded it. Police said they kept calling out to Possage to come out of the garage, but he kept inviting Scarabino to come in, which the chief refused to do. Police reported Possage slammed the door shut and then a round ripped through the trim of the garage narrowly missing the officers by three feet, police said.

According to police Possage then came out of the garage carrying a .357 magnum revolver in his right hand and a semi-automatic rifle in his left. A Glock handgun was found in his pocket. Police were able to convince him to drop the two guns in his hands, grabbed the handgun from his pocket and, with the aid of a taser, took him into custody.

Possage is charged with felonious assault. He is currently released on a $100,000 recognizance bond.