by Daveda Gruber:
In a news conference this morning, Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said that there was no danger to the public.
The Harrisburg officer “bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman,” the mayor said.
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse added, “No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty. I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. marshal, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”
A York City Police officer assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force was reportedly shot in the incident. He was taken to the hospital and he was said to have non-life threatening injuries.
Chardo confirmed there were shots fired at a Harrisburg home around 6:10 a.m. Neighbors said they heard dozens of shots fired.
Less than two miles from the capital of Pennsylvania, the shooting occurred at a home. It is a working class neighborhood of duplexes, single-family homes and commercial buildings.
A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Thursday with more details.
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Lou Barletta tweeted this out:
Please pray for the police officers injured in Harrisburg this morning. Our police are tough and put their lives on the line everyday to keep communities safe. I am praying for a speedy recovery! https://t.co/7kE7uJ0pJp
— Rep. Lou Barletta (@RepLouBarletta) January 18, 2018
This is not the first shooting in the area. Before Christmas, a gunman identified as Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was shot and killed by police after firing at them near the location.
El-Mofty wounded a state trooper and shot another officer near the Capitol.
We wait for more details as I ponder the name of the shooter that hopefully will be released.