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Slain Pa. cop had arrested his killer before

Lower Burrell officer Derek Kotecki knew he was headed to dangerous situation

By Chuck Biedka
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. — Lower Burrell Patrolman Derek Kotecki knew he was riding into danger when he and fellow officers were told by radio dispatchers that a man wanted for attempted homicide would be at the Dairy Queen.

Kotecki, a family man and 18-year veteran of the force, responded to the call shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday with his K-9 partner, Odin, knowing that the fugitive, Charlie Post, had warned officers to stay away because he had a gun and was ready to use it.

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