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Off-duty cop says he feared man he shot

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

An off-duty Baltimore police officer arrested for shooting a man outside his York County apartment told investigators he feared for his life when he opened fire, according to charging documents.

John Torres, 33, has been charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault for the incident Tuesday afternoon at the York Apartments in York Township.

According to the criminal complaint, Torres had previous confrontations with 34-year-old David Hohman of Baltimore over his relationship with Hohman's wife.

Torres told investigators that he and Hohman's wife were friends who had exchanged text messages for some time. He said after Hohman learned of the relationship, Hohman threatened to kill himself and his wife with a shotgun, the complaint states.

Torres told authorities he had received several threatening text messages from Hohman, including two on Tuesday morning, and had learned from a mutual friend that Hohman had been outside his apartment earlier in the day.

He said he was walking to his car on his way to work when he saw Hohman driving toward the back of his car at a high rate of speed. Fearing that Hohman had his shotgun, he said he emptied his handgun of 14 rounds, according to the complaint.

Torres admitted to investigators that Hohman did not drive the car at him, and never exited his vehicle.

Hohman was treated at York Hospital for six gunshot wounds, including several to his chest. Police said he was expected to recover from his injuries.

Torres was sent to York County Prison on $750,000 cash bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled June 2.

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