Man held in attack on two women

December 18, 2006

A man who was shot by a Harford County sheriff's deputy for holding his pregnant wife hostage and threatening to set her on fire during a 1995 standoff with police was arrested yesterday in York County, Pa., after threatening to set fire to a trailer occupied by two women, authorities said.

Held yesterday on nine charges, including attempted homicide, attempted arson, weapons offenses and making terroristic threats was David Charles Kling, 40, of Airville, Pa.

The victims were identified as Cindy Testerman, 43, and Brenda Floyd, 65, neighbors on a property in Airville.

Police said Testerman received threatening messages on her cell phone from Kling and was at Floyd's residence when the man rammed Testerman's car into a tree on the property, then rammed Floyd's trailer with a Ford truck before attempting to pour gasoline around the residence and set it ablaze.

Kling's father arrived and struggled with him to prevent him from setting the fire, then troopers arrived and Kling drove the truck into a field, police said, They said he attempted to ram a police vehicle, tried to run over two troopers, and pointed a shotgun at them - a weapon stolen from Testerman's trailer.

A trooper fired several shots at the truck before a two-hour standoff, and Kling surrendered about 9 a.m., police said.

In January 1995, Kling, armed with a shotgun, held his wife hostage for two hours and threatened to set her ablaze in a pool of gasoline he had poured around her feet outside the garage at their Norrisville home. A sniper with the Harford County Sheriff's Office shot Kling in the face to end the standoff.

Kling pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder, and was given a 20-year sentence - with all but six years suspended - after his wife spoke on his behalf.

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