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Man critically injured in gunfire exchange with police

PA State Police: Summit Township man shot at officers


ERIE, Pa. -- A 71-year-old Summit Township man was in critical condition Sunday afternoon after an exchange of gunfire with Pennsylvania State Police.

At about 1 a.m. Sunday, State Police were called to a house in the 2300 block of Dorn Road for a domestic dispute. While en route, state troopers were told that the suspect was armed and “firing an assault rifle.”

Investigators said that when police arrived, they gave the man “verbal commands to drop the weapon. According to police, the man refused and began shooting at them. Three officers returned gunfire, which struck the man. He was transported to UPMC Hamot.

No other injuries were reported.

Summit Township resident Laban Marsh heard the gunfire a quarter of a mile down the street.

"I'm a bit of a night-owl. So, I immediately heard three shots, and at first my initial reaction was fireworks,” he said. “We tend to celebrate, but this cold temperatures and 1 a.m. was a little odd.”

Marsh was shocked to learn that his neighbor, a former Marine, was involved.

"I've known him to be a very strong-willed individual, but somebody that was very devoted to this country. So, I was very surprised about hearing the news."

Marsh said the man was known to be protective of his property, but he was described as ‘friendly.’

"To know that it got down to where they had to shoot is just sad and just concerning."

Pennsylvania State Police and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office are investigating. The three troopers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, per department policy.

The man, whose name has not been released, is expected to be charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer.

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