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Man charged in Bethlehem Township standoff headed to trial

A Northampton County man accused of shooting at his wife and holding police at bay for several hours is heading to trial.

Christopher Baj was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

According to testimony, Baj became upset after his wife served him with divorce papers at their Bethlehem Township home on January 29.

His wife testified she woke up around 2:30 a.m. to Baj standing in their room with the divorce papers and a gun tucked in his waistband.

When she tried to grab the gun from him, Baj grabbed it and pointed it at her, she said.

Authorities say he fired three shots into the bathroom where she was hiding and slammed into the door to try to open it.

His wife said she ran out to escape and on her way downstairs, she heard one of her sons come out of his room and say, "Daddy." Baj told him to go back in his room.

Baj's wife said she couldn't get to her two young boys so she ran outside as police were arriving at the scene.

According to testimony, she and police were able to watch and talk to her two sons in their rooms through an app on her phone.

Several hours later police told the older boy to get his younger brother and go outside. They escaped unharmed.

Baj surrendered to police around noon January 30.

Baj faces charges of attempted murder and endangering the welfare of a child.


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