Pa. officer shot with own gun during scuffle; manhunt ensues


The Associated Press

NEW HOLLAND, Pa.  A police officer was shot in a struggle with a man he confronted near his own house while on patrol, and police from more than a dozen departments searched for the suspect with helicopters and dogs Thursday.



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Officer Greg Yarbrough, a six-year veteran of the East Earl Township Police, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that apparently were not life-threatening, state police said. The hospital declined to release information on his condition.

Yarbrough was on patrol shortly before 1 a.m. when he saw someone near his house, got out of his car and confronted the man, Trooper Blain Hertzog said.

"A scuffle occurred, resulting in Officer Yarbrough being shot by his own firearm," Hertzog said.

Police found Yarbrough's weapon, but did not know if the suspect had any other weapons.

The search for the suspect, described only as a man wearing dark clothing, continued after daybreak.

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