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Two officers shot, suspect dead in Cumberland County police incident

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 07:17 AM CDT
Reported by: Jesse Knutson and James Tully 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY -- Two officers were shot and a neighborhood was on lock down Monday night after a bank robbery in Guilford Township escalated into a multi-jurisdictional, high-speed, fully involved manhunt.

The robbery occurred at the M&T Bank branch on Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township, Franklin County, around 4:52 p.m. The suspect -- man about 6 feet tall, wearing khaki shorts, a gold shirt, and a white stocking mask over his face -- was driving a black Plymouth minivan.

During the robbery, the suspect displayed a black, semi-automatic handgun. As he fled the scene, officers pursued him. The pursuit spilled over into Cumberland County.

Late last night, state police confirmed the suspect was dead and the Cumberland County coroner was called to the scene in the 400 block of Roxbury Road, Upper Mifflin Township.

Dozens of police officers were on the scene, many in SWAT gear and heavily armed. 

CBS 21 has confirmed that one officer was shot in the foot, possibly from a ricocheting bullet. State police have also confirmed to CBS 21 that another officer was shot in the shoulder, but we do not have an update on his condition.

The whole series of events led to a tense situation in Cumberland County.

Police were stopping cars and searching vehicles, looking for the suspect. Canine and aviation units were called in to assist in the manhunt. 

After a high-speed chase through rural Cumberland County, the scene moved from North Newton Township to Upper Mifflin Township, where the suspect's vehicle crashed into a front yard.

State police spokesman Trpr. Robert Hicks confirmed the suspect was found dead in his vehicle. It is unclear if he ever left the vehicle. 

Police originally believed the man had fled his vehicle, but emergency personnel later told CBS 21's Jesse Knutson that the man was found dead in his vehicle.
 
Police are remaining tight-lipped about the events, although Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse. Freed arrived at the scene Monday just before 10 p.m. with investigators to help with the investigation. 

The coroner showed up around 10:30 p.m., and local fire departments were called in to set up lighting for him to see by. People were eventually allowed back into their homes and taken off alert, after the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety issued an all-clear and told the public they were no longer in danger.

"We just received word at this time the incident has been stabilized and the suspect is no longer a threat. The public does not need to be concerned at this time," Megan Silverstrim, spokesperson for the county's department of public safety, said. 

Police have not released the name of the suspect or the cause of his death.
Shortly after the robbery, Shippensburg University students received an alert, warning them there was a police incident nearby and cautioning them to be careful.

Police have confirmed that none of the officers suffered life-threatening injuries, but would not confirm how many were injured.Two officers shot, suspect dead in Cumberland County police incident


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