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Suspect shot, officer injured in Hanover

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HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) -

State police and the York County District Attorney's Office are investigating a police-involved shooting in Hanover.

Joshua M. Harding, 30, of York, was airlifted to York Hospital after he was shot in the chest by a trooper at an apartment in the 300 block of E. Middle Street, police said.

Trooper Robert Hicks, a state police spokesman, said Harding for an unknown reason was in the apartment when police went there to serve drug warrants on a man and woman who lived at the address.

Harding became combative, disobeyed commands and started a fight in which he struck the trooper in the head and body multiple times, overpowered him, and took him to the ground several times before the trooper fired a single round to stop the assault, Hicks said.

The trooper sustained injuries to his head, face and hand. He was treated and released from a hospital and was placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

Hicks said troopers later discovered that Harding had a parole violation warrant for his arrest with an underlying offense of persons not to possess firearms.

Caution indicators on the warrant advised law enforcement that Harding has violent tendencies, is known to abuse drugs and is an escape risk, Hicks said.

He was in stable condition at the hospital Tuesday.

The man and woman who lived in the apartment were taken into custody and jailed in York County Prison. Their names were not released.

 

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