WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced on February 11, 2021, that a member of the West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team (WCRERT) fired a weapon in the line of duty.
Authorities had reported at the time that the incident arose after Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police (WEGO) and WCRERT responded to a report of a 34-year-old barricaded gunman who threatened to kill family members, and himself, at his residence in East Goshen Township. While crisis negotiators attempted to communicate with the suspect in an effort for a peaceful surrender, officials stated the gunman fired more than a dozen rounds at police.
One round struck near where WCRERT members were standing for cover. A WCRERT member fired two rounds of defensive gunfire, striking the suspect. WCRERT administered first aid to the suspect before transferring him to Paoli Memorial Hospital, where he is currently listed in critical condition.
At the time, and pursuant to policy, the District Attorney’s Office was notified of this officer-involved shooting and conducted an independent investigation, working with members of WEGO and WCRERT. The District Attorney’s Office stated they received the final police report on this case on February 26, 2021.
The Chester County District Attorney announced today that they have concluded that the officer-involved shooting constituted a lawful use of force according to 18 Pa. C.S.A. §508. An investigation into the suspect is still pending.
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