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Man Shot by Pennsylvania Chief Wielded Knife, Threatened Grandmother

July 11, 2014  | 

A man critically injured Tuesday by a bullet fired by the Sunbury, Pa., chief of police beat his grandmother with his fists and feet and threatened her life just two hours before he was shot, according to court records.

Erick R. Trometter, 22, of 618 Susquehanna Ave., was charged Wednesday by Sunbury police with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after being shot Tuesday with a single round when he confronted Sunbury Acting Chief of Police Brad Hare.

Police told the Item-News Trometter had a knife when Hare saw him walking along Mile Post Road near Shikellamy Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. There was a warrant for his arrest related to the alleged assault of his grandmother, Amanda Trometter, 67, and Hare attempted to take him into custody. Listed at 6 feet, 290 pounds, police said Erick Trometter resisted and continued to struggle with the acting police chief after being shot with a Taser. Hare then shot him with his gun.

Tags: Police Chiefs, Elder Crime, Officer Involved Shootings, Sunbury (Pa.) PD


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