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Officer Involved Shooting - Brecknock




On March 30, 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; it yielded the following information:
On March 30, around 7:45 a.m., a 911 call was placed by a family member to report that a 66-year-old male 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 male, 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 male ignored the commands and advanced towards the officer. The officer deployed a taser which was ineffective.  Additional commands were given to the male to put the knife down.  Subsequently, the officer fired one shot with their service weapon which struck the male in the torso area. 
EMS personnel immediately administered first aid and life saving measures.  The male was transported to the hospital where he is in stable condition.
No police officers were injured during this incident.
This is an ongoing investigation, and we will continue to gather more information.
This is an isolated incident so there is no threat to the community at this time.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Berks County Detectives at 610-478-7171.