Officer Involved Shooting
DEFENDANT: Robert R. Eckert (67 years of age)
CHARGES: Aggravated Assault (3 Counts) and Possessing Instruments of Crime
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On March 30th, 2022, the Berks County District Attorney’s Detectives were notified that a uniformed Brecknock Township Police Officer was involved in a shooting.
Berks County Detectives assumed the lead role in this Officer Involved Shooting pursuant to District Attorney John T. Adams’ protocol to have an independent agency investigate police officer shootings.
On March 30, 2022, around 7:45 a.m., a 911 call was placed by a family member to report that the defendant was having a mental health crisis. As a result of this call, police and EMS personnel responded to the area of Butlers Lane, Mohnton, Berks County, Pennsylvania to investigate. Upon locating the defendant, EMS and police observed that he was holding a large knife in his hand. The officer gave verbal commands to drop the knife, however the defendant ignored the commands and advanced towards the officer. The officer deployed a taser which was ineffective. Additional commands were given to the defendant to put the knife down. Subsequently, the officer fired one shot with their service weapon which struck the defendant in the torso area.
EMS personnel immediately administered first aid and life saving measures. The defendant was transported to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.
After a thorough review of this investigation, District Attorney, John T. Adams, has determined that the shooting was a reasonable use of force justified under the law.
The Berks County Detectives have charged the defendant, Robert Eckert with (3) counts of Aggravated Assault and (1) count of Possessing Instruments of Crime.
The defendant will be arraigned before MDJ David E. Glass of Birdsboro.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Robert R. Eckert, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.