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Man who allegedly shot Lower Swatara police officer in domestic dispute heads to county court

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 11/20/19

The man who allegedly shot a Lower Swatara Township police officer in the leg during a domestic disturbance Oct. 14 is heading to county court.

Andrew Changhan Park, 47, of the 200 block of …

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Man who allegedly shot Lower Swatara police officer in domestic dispute heads to county court

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The man who allegedly shot a Lower Swatara Township police officer in the leg during a domestic disturbance Oct. 14 is heading to county court.

Andrew Changhan Park, 47, of the 200 block of Cherokee Drive in Mechanicsburg, will be arraigned before Judge Richard A. Lewis in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 3.

Park was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing this morning before District Judge Michael J. Smith. Park faces 12 charges, all of which were sent onto county court: criminal attempt of murder in the first degree, assault of a law enforcement officer, burglary, unlawful restraint, strangulation, simple assault, and two counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person.

Park has been in Dauphin County Prison since his arrest Oct. 15 after a police standoff.

The two responding officers — Timothy Shea and Josh Malott — will be honored during tonight’s Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners meeting at 7 p.m.

Shea and Malott responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 100 block of Bentley Lane at 11:26 p.m. Oct. 14.

Park is reportedly the ex-boyfriend of a woman who lived there. According to the affidavit filed with Smith, Park had sent “threatening” text messages and told the woman he was going to kill her and himself.

When officers entered the residence, they reportedly saw park and the woman in a front room of the mobile home. Park saw the police and slammed the door shut with the woman inside, the affidavit said.

Shea kicked open the door, and Malott in the affidavit said he believed Park was aiming a gun at the woman’s head. There had not been an initial report of weapons at the scene, the affidavit said, and the officers fired their Tasers.

Park fell backwards, and Malott in the affidavit said he heard two popping sounds. Shea was shot in the leg and applied a tourniquet to himself.

The officers and woman got out of the mobile home, and in an interview after the incident, Lower Swatara Chief Jeff Vargo said it turned into a “barricaded gunman situation.” It ended shortly before 4 a.m.