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Lower Swatara officer who was shot and his partner thank community for its support

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 10/23/19

The Lower Swatara police officer shot in an apparent domestic violence incident Oct. 14 and his partner thanked the community for their support in a Facebook post Wednesday.

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Lower Swatara officer who was shot and his partner thank community for its support

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The Lower Swatara police officer shot in an apparent domestic violence incident Oct. 14 and his partner thanked the community for their support in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Officers Timothy Shea and Josh Malott responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Bentley Lane, in Swatara Shores trailer park off Vine Street at 11:26 p.m.

“On behalf of Officer Shea and I, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the many members of the community, fellow law enforcement officers, our families, and most of all to God, all of whom have shown us such great love, care, and support,” they said in a statement on the police department’s Facebook page Wednesday.

Anyone who wants to get a card for the officers can drop it off at the police department at 1499 Spring Garden Drive.

Oct. 14 changed their lives and the lives of others forever, they continued in the post.

“This incident tested our limits but has also shown us the strength that we all share in a time of crisis,” they wrote.

According to the complaint filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Andrew Changhan Park, 47, of the 200 block of Cherokee Drive in Mechanicsburg, told a woman that lived at the Bentley Lane residence that he was going to kill her and himself before the incident.

The caller didn’t mention weapons being involved, the complaint said. When Shea and Malott arrived, they saw Park and the woman in a room in the front of the mobile home, and when Park saw them, he slammed the door shut with the woman still inside. Officers wrote that they believed he was assaulting the woman.

Shea kicked open the door. Malott said in the complaint that he believed Park was aiming a handgun at the woman’s head.

The officers fired their Tasers, which they had drawn, the affidavit said. As Park was falling backward, Malott said the complaint that he heard two pop sounds and that he believed Park had fired at them.

Shea was shot in the leg, and he fastened a tourniquet on it. The officers got the woman out of the residence, and a perimeter was set up around the home. Park was taken into custody shortly before 4 a.m.

Shea was taken to the hospital, and Lower Swatara Chief Jeff Vargo said last week that he was home.

Park is being held in Dauphin County Prison without bail. He was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of criminal attempt of murder in the first degree, assault of a law enforcement officer, burglary, unlawful restraint, strangulation, and simple assault. His preliminary hearing is Nov. 4.

“From the massive response by our fellow first responders and hospital staff that night, to the overwhelming support and care that followed from our community and from across the nation, words will never be enough to describe the gratitude we hold in our hearts,” the officers wrote. “We thank you all for the thoughts and prayers and we thank God for his protection and wisdom in keeping everyone safe that fateful night. We ask that you continue to remember all of those who stand in line with us on a day to day basis across our great nation, as well as the sacrifices they make to ensure the safety of all.”