PHOTOS: Police activity in Adams County ends, neighbors describe the scene


ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — The police situation in Heidlersburg, Adams County has come to an end after the suspect involved died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police say Taylor Johnson from North Carolina was on the run and as several hours passed by, neighbors say they were scared for their safety before police found him.

Get daily news, weather, breaking news alerts straight to your inbox! Sign up for the abc27 newsletters here!

A heavy police presence was set up as multiple agencies were on the search for Johnson.

Photo Credit: Anne Day

Nearby neighbor Elisha Blankenship says once her children got home from school, she had to hurry and get her family indoors.

“Right now, pretty much everybody around here and the neighbors were around here inside with the doors locked,” Blankenship said.

Officers say they were able to use tire strips and that’s when Johnson ran off and was armed. Authorities had to block off the roads of Routes 234 and 15 for hours.

“We had a very tight perimeter set up quickly so we had it all contained. Yes, it was getting dark but we do have the technology to assist us in the dark we have highly trained members of our SERT team it did end before dark,” Trooper Megan Ammerman said.

Neighbors say as the sun began to set; anxiety increased.

However, authorities found Johnson in the woods and that’s when officers say he shot himself.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Don't Miss