MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A police officer was shot and injured while rescuing a woman from a domestic violence incident at a mobile home park in Lower Swatara Township late Monday.
Two officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Bentley Lane where the woman reportedly was being held against her will. The officers heard the woman in distress and entered a home.
Andrew Park, 47, fired two shots and one bullet struck Officer Timothy Shea in his leg, police said. Officers Shea and Josh Malott were able to help the woman escape the home without further injury.
Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said after Shea was shot, he applied a tourniquet to his thigh then went back into the house to help his partner.
“Fortunately, we expect Officer Shea to make a full recovery, but incredible bravery, even after he was hit,” Chardo said. “He applied the tourniquet to himself and he returned to the house to aid his partner, an incredible act of bravery on his part, and Officer Malott equally brave in rescuing this woman.”
Shea was taken to a hospital for treatment. He is recovering and was said to be in good spirits.
The woman suffered minor injuries.
Police said Park entered the home to assault the woman, a former girlfriend, and remained inside after she was rescued. Dozens of police officers were called to the standoff that ended with his arrest hours later.
Park is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, and burglary, all felonies. He also is charged with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, strangulation, reckless endangerment, and simple assault.
He was ordered held in Dauphin County Prison without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4.