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Pa. Cop Ambushed by Fugitive who Threatened Police

October 13, 2011  | 

Lower Burrell (Pa.) Police Patrolman Derek Kotecki was shot and killed at a Dairy Queen restaurant Wednesday evening as police tried to arrest a wanted fugitive.

Officer Kotecki, 40, was an 18-year veteran and the department's K-9 officer. He was fatally shot by Charlie Post, the subject of a manhunt since Oct. 2, when he fired gunshots at his boss, a contractor, outside of the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington.

Officers received information that Post would be at the Daily Queen on Wednesday and arrived to arrest him, when he opened fire from his Jeep, hitting Officer Kotecki.

A foot pursuit led Post to a fence he couldn't climb. He turned and shot himself, and officers fired at him.

After Oct. 2, a Lower Burrell detective had reached Post by cell phone. Post responded by telling the officer that his gun was loaded with 14 bullets— "Thirteen for the cops and one for me."

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Duty Deaths, Fugitives From Justice, Lower Burrell (Pa.) PD


Comments (3)

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MWierenga @ 10/13/2011 7:59 PM

Should have proofed that first sentence. Was Officer Kotecki about to be arrested? Sorry, my brother. Rest in peace. Your shift is completed. May God richly bless you and your family.

Morning Eagle @ 10/13/2011 11:28 PM

Second MW's comments. It is good that Post will not have to 'suffer' through twenty years or so of sitting in prison while filing endless appeals for mercy. It would be the humane thing to do if all those that kill law enforcement officers could also be spared such a fate and sent directly on to their 'reward' by officers that track them down.

Janet @ 10/14/2011 8:56 AM

Charlie Post had a death wish. He was a cold-blooded killer. My prayers are with the family of Officer Kotecki. Law Enforcement Personnel please be careful out there.

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