JOHNSONBURG — A man was shot Tuesday night after having an altercation with a police officer on a main thoroughfare in Johnsonburg.
The incident happened shortly after midnight on Nov. 21.
A uniformed Johnsonburg Borough police officer approached a 30-year-old man along the 100 block of West Center Street, pursuant to a warrant.
The man physically resisted the veteran officer’s attempt to take him into custody and fought the officer for several minutes. The officer was unable to gain control of the suspect and the fight escalated to a level where the officer fired one round from his sidearm, striking the subject in the torso.
Media reports say that dispatchers have said that the officer radioed in about the fight and then radioed in a “shots fired” report, requesting back up.
Responding back up police officers from the Ridgway Borough Police Department, St. Marys Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police Ridgway arrived at the scene, detained the suspect and provided him medical care until emergency medical services could assume treatment.
The suspect was treated locally and then transferred to a trauma hospital. He is in stable condition.
The officer was not shot and was taken to Penn Highlands Elk as a precautionary measure. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation, per the borough’s police policy.
Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon will review all facets of the state police investigation into the shooting to determine if the use of force was justified in this case, as well as determining if it is appropriate to file any charges.
The investigation continues.