Police fatally shoot Annville man wanted for assault


A trooper shot and killed an Annville man during a confrontation that followed a foot chase Tuesday morning in Lebanon County, police said.

Troopers from the Jonestown barracks went to Mitchell Hammer’s place of employment in East Hanover Township to serve him with an arrest warrant Tuesday morning, but they said Hammer ran off into a heavily wooded area.

The chase went on for about one to two miles and ended about 300 yards behind a home along Lindley Murray Road around 11 a.m. Police said at that point, there was a confrontation between Hammer and a trooper who fired his service weapon and struck Hammer.

Troopers then carried Hammer through the woods to a state police helicopter that was used in the search for him. He was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where he died. 

No troopers were injured.

Hammer, 27, was wanted on charges including aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment regarding a domestic incident on Monday. Police said the victim in that incident sustained a non-life threatening laceration.

State police and the Lebanon County district attorney’s office are investigating the police-involved shooting.

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