An intense manhunt for a man accused of fatally shooting a St. Clair Township police officer ended Sunday in western Pennsylvania when the suspect was taken into custody.
State trooper Steve Limani said that officer Lloyd Reed was fatally shot after responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday in a city east of Pittsburgh. Limani said Reed arrived on the scene in New Florence when he was approached by 31-year-old Ray Allen Shetler, Jr. Reed, who had more than 20 years experience as an officer, died from gunshot wounds.
After the shootout, Shetler fled the scene and a warning was issued for the community to lock all windows and doors in their homes and cars and to report any suspicious activity they see. According to KDKA-TV, Shetler was seen walking along a local street five hours later. Police said that Pennsylvania State Police captured the Shetler without incident.
Local media reports stated Shetler’s shoulder was injured when exchanging fire with the officer, according to Reuters. Shetler was being guarded while receiving treatment for his injuries and an arrest warrant would be obtained on Sunday, state police said.
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said that he expects Shetler to be charged with criminal homicide in the death of Reed, along with charges dealing with domestic dispute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. “It just makes us realize, as vividly as one can realize, that police are in danger 24-hours-a-day, and these tragedies unfortunately arise when they become victims themselves,” Peck said.
This isn’t the first time Shetler has had a run in with the police. His history with the police dates back to 2004, according to court records.
Ten years ago, he pleaded guilty to engaging in a criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault dealing with an incident when he was 20, Post-Gazette reported. Charges of simple assault and terrorist threats filed by St. Clair police were dropped.
Counts of engaging in harassment and fighting were also dismissed in 2005. He spent two years on probation.
And in April 2013, state police in Greensburg charged Shetler with simple assault and harassment. He was found guilty in a non-jury trial and was sentenced to one year of probation in June 2014. And this year, he violated his parole and was re-sentenced to a year of probation.
In October, Shetler pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person along with a summary count of criminal trespass in 2014. He was sentenced to two years probation.
— WPXI (@WPXI) November 29, 2015