EAST GOSHEN, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced an officer-involved shooting at a residence in East Goshen Township, PA, on Feb. 11, 2021. Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police, West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team, and Chester County Detectives are involved in the investigation.
The incident began when the Westtown-East Goshen Police Department received a call about a 34-year-old suspect who was having a mental health crisis and had threatened to shoot his mother and sister.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the following facts have been established by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office:
Authorities state that the Westtown-East Goshen Police were dispatched to a home in the 900 block of Cornwallis Drive in East Goshen at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2021, after receiving a call about a suspect having a mental health crisis. The suspect had access to firearms and had threatened to shoot his mother and sister before they fled the house and called the police.
Officers attempted to establish communication with the suspect who was inside the residence but were unsuccessful. WCRERT responded to the scene and also attempted to communicate with the suspect.
While the West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team was working to communicate with the suspect, he fired approximately 15 rounds from a handgun at WCRERT members. One round struck near where the West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team was standing for cover, say officials.
A member of the West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team fired two rounds, striking the suspect. WCRERT members administered first aid before he was transported to Paoli Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
According to the Chester County DAO Protocol, the Chester County Detectives, the District Attorney’s Office investigative arm, will be the independent agency reviewing this officer-involved shooting. Chester County Detectives will work with Westtown-East Goshen Police and the West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team on this matter. The Chester County District Attorney will make the final decision regarding whether the shooting was justified.
Information is preliminary and subject to change, pending a full review of all available evidence. After the investigation, the District Attorney’s Office stated they will provide written findings.
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