LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — The Lebanon County District Attorney’s office released more information about the shooting of three Lebanon City police officers.
Lieutenant William Lebo was shot and killed, and two other officers were wounded, while responding to a domestic disturbance last week on March 31. Lt. Lebo had been with the Lebanon City Police Department for 40 years and was one month away from retirement.
According to District Attorney Pier Hess Graff, one of the injured officers has been released from the hospital and the other remains in hospital in stable condition following emergency surgeries.
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To watch the press conference recording, click on the video player below.
The investigation revealed that Travis Shaud had broken into the home of his stepfather by smashing a window in the rear of the house and gained entry into the home. Shaud had a long-standing history of mental health afflictions and refused treatment.
He largely severed contact with family members months prior to the assault on the Lebanon City Police officer.
Shaud’s stepfather contacted phone law enforcement immediately. Police officers responded to the residence on Forest Street. They met with the family members and developed an entry plan. It was noted in the conference that all officers were in uniform with a police badge and patch displayed to visually identify themselves as law enforcement.
Lt. Lebo and three other officers approached the rear door. Lebo carried a police shield, drew his firearm, and announced police presence. He asked Shaud to show himself. Shaud initially approached the door that led into the kitchen of the residence, but with concealed hands and refused all police commands to show his hands.
Shaud then grabbed a loaded handgun and fired three rounds at the police. His shots struck Lt. Lebo and Officer Derek Underkoffler. Neither man had the ability to defend himself or fire upon the suspect.
“Neither man possessed the ability to fend off the immediate evil he faced that day,” Hess Graff said.
Shaud continued to fire additional shots at police. Officers took cover and fired in return. Officer McCarrick, who is relatively new to the department, and Officer Adams fired upon Shaud, prevailed, and neutralized the threat. Adams then took cover and radioed for backup.
Local police departments, Lebanon County Probation Officers, and the Sheriff’s Department all responded and upon arrival entered the residence and attempted life-saving measures on Lt. Lebo, who was shot twice, until medics arrived.
Officer Adams and Underkoffler were transported to the hospital for emergency surgeries. Adams has since been discharged from the hospital, nit Underkoffler remains in the hospital in stable condition.
The investigation since the incident reveals that Shaud fired at least seven bullets at police. Shaud’s autopsy revealed multiple gunshot wounds.
“The shooting on March 31 marks the first line-of-duty death within Lebanon County in over 100 years. Every day, we as a community expect our police officers to suit up, patrol our streets and ensure our safety. We demand they protect and serve each of us. Each time an officer responds to a call, each time and Office approaches a scene, he or she takes the ultimate risk,” Hess Graff said.
On Saturday, first responders from across the state escorted Lt. Lebo’s body from Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown back home to Lebanon City. Hundreds lined the streets for the procession as his flag-draped casket was transported by his fellow officers.
“Over the past week, I’ve spent a great deal reflecting on the shooting and its aftermath. The term ‘heroic’ fails to adequately label the efforts of the City Police Officers on March 31,” Hess Graff said.
A celebration of life honoring Lebanon City Police Lt. William Lebo will be held at The Giant Center in Hershey. According to Lt. Lebo’s obituary, the event will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8. Details regarding attendance were not immediately released to the public.
“We now have a choice. We can choose to focus on the evil that day; that choice allows the evil to win. Instead, we can choose to focus on the man Lieutenant Lebo was. The police officer, the husband, the father, and the person he chose to be every single day. We can choose to focus on his heroic actions, and those of Officers Adams, McCarrick, and UnderKoffler. We can choose to move forward united. I ask each of you, in the face of what otherwise would be evil, to choose hope.”District Attorney Hess Graff during press conference
In a message posted on Facebook, Lora Lebo says her family is “comforted by the presence of his fellow officers, who have selflessly stood watch to comfort us, keep us safe, tell ‘Bill stories’ and let us know that we are not alone.”
In lieu of flowers, Lt. Lebo’s family is asking that donations may be made to C.O.P.S., 59 Ruppert Road, East Berlin, PA 17316, or the Elks Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Governor Tom Wolf ordered the Commonwealth flag shall be lowered to half-staff on the day of Lt. Lebo’s funeral.
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