One person died in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon in Muhlenberg Township, according to the Berks County District Attorney.
The Berks County Detective’s Office assumed the lead investigative role in this Officer Involved Shooting pursuant to District Attorney John T. Adams’ protocol to have an independent investigative agency investigate Police Officer shootings. The investigation yielded the following information:
Monday afternoon at approximately 2:15pm, the Berks CountyDepartment of Emergency Services received a 911 call from a female, reporting a male with a knife. She stated this male had threatened herand the phone call disconnected.
The 911 operator dispatched Muhlenberg Township Police Officers to a residence located in the 700 block of Wagon Wheels Lane, Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Upon arrival, the uniformed Police Officers entered the residence and the female complainant advised them the male with a knife locked himself inside the 2nd floor bedroom.
The Officers proceeded to the 2nd floor. They located a key, which enabled them to unlock and open the bedroom door. The male brandished a knife and after failed verbal commands and attempts to get him to drop the knife, the one Officer deployed his departmental issued taser which had no effect.
A 2nd Officer discharged his departmental issued firearm one time, striking the male in the chest area. The male was rushed to the Trauma Unit at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center / Tower Health.
At approximately 3:14pm, the medical staff determined the male was deceased.
No Police Officers were injured during this incident.
District Attorney John Adams intends to hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the investigation in more detail.
The DA states this is an isolated incident. There is no longer any danger or threat to the community.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Berks County Detectives at 610-478-7171.