Pennsylvania remembers fallen officer: Are police deaths on rise?

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

News conference planned, funeral arrangements set for slain Pennsylvania police officer.

Kristin Luther said she watched from her front porch Saturday night in Westmoreland County as her boyfriend ran from a police officer, who was shooting at him, and then turned around and fired his hunting rifle at the officer. — Police say the man suspected of fatally shooting a western Pennsylvania police officer refused to drop his weapon, but it’s unclear if he or the officer fired first.

State Police say he sustained a bullet wound to his right shoulder in the initial contact with police, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment. Another officer also shot at Shetler, who ran away after allegedly shooting Reed and was found by police hours later with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. A Westmoreland County dispatch supervisor said 13 minutes after Officer Reed responded to the initial call, a “signal 13” — indicating that an officer was down — went over the police scanner.

Clair Township department for five of his 25 years in law enforcement. “It just makes us realize, as vividly as one can realize, that police are in danger 24 hours a day, and these tragedies unfortunately arise when they become victims themselves,” said Westmoreland County’s district attorney, John Peck, who expected Sunday that Mr. Luther’s house, a memorial for Officer Reed with blue balloons, white roses and burning prayer candles sprang up at Memorial Park and grew at a Sunday night vigil of about 75 people. New Florence firefighters who attended the vigil said Officer Reed, who lived with his wife in Hollsopple in Somerset County, always smiled and would play ball with local kids. Clair Township secretary Lori Smith remembered Officer Reed as a caring and gentle man who liked playing the lottery and always made sure the department’s cruisers were in pristine condition. “He was always vigilant about protecting the community,” said Bolivar resident Thomas Venditti. “He was very well-respected, and everyone appreciated him.” To honor Officer Reed, Gov.

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