Pa. State Police Jonestown: Man killed in trooper-involved shooting after struggle


LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Pa. State Police in Jonestown say a man was shot dead by a trooper after an investigation into the man for violating a protection from abuse order turned into a struggle.

Police say they were called to Ridge Road in Union Township, Lebanon County, around 10:45 p.m., where the suspect, identified as Andrew Dzwonchyk, 40, showed up in his car. It was then that police tried to get the suspect into custody.

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They say there was a brief struggle inside the car, and one trooper was even drug by the car when Dzwonchyk drove forward and in reverse while the trooper was partially in the car. They tried to tase Dzwonchyk, but it was unsuccessful.

Another trooper on the scene then fired his gun. Dzwonchyk was pronounced dead on the scene.

State Police say there are still many questions to answer in its investigation, including why the man was at the home. They say the home was not his residence and also not the home of the person who had the PFA order against him.

They’re also investigating whether the trooper was justified in shooting Dzwonchyk, which they say is too soon to tell.

“We’ll look at everything from the time they got there to the time the event ended and all that information will then get turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, who will then make the ruling on the use of force,” Trooper David Beohm, PSP Troop L’s PIO said.

The trooper who fired the shot is now on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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