Shot LEO tied tourniquet around leg, went back to scene of dispute

Officer Timothy Shea was shot while responding to a domestic dispute call

Travis Kellar

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — The police officers who were first at a domestic dispute call in Dauphin County showed “great bravery” in the incident, the county district attorney says, even after one was shot.

Lower Swatara Township Police Chief Jeffrey Vargo said police were called to a domestic dispute on Bentley Lane, a trailer park off of Vine Street near the Middletown line, around midnight. A woman inside was being held against her will, Vargo said.

“Almost immediately upon entering the residence, the officers were met with gunfire,” Vargo said. “One officer sustained an injury, he was shot in the leg.”

That officer, Timothy Shea, put a tourniquet on himself and went back inside the home “in an act of great bravery,” District Attorney Fran Chardo said.


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Shea and his partner, Joshua Malott, were able to get the woman out of the house safely, Chardo said.

Vargo said that’s when a “barricaded gunman” situation started. The Dauphin County Crisis Team responded and took Andrew Park into custody around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Park was taken to a hospital, but Vargo said he was not shot.

Shea’s injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

Charges pending against Park include aggregated assault, Chardo said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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