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Preliminary hearing continued for man accused of shooting Lower Swatara police officer

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 11/4/19

The preliminary hearing for the man who allegedly shot a Lower Swatara police officer in the leg during a domestic incident Oct. 14 has been continued until Nov. 20.

Andrew Changhan Park, 47, of …

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Preliminary hearing continued for man accused of shooting Lower Swatara police officer

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The preliminary hearing for the Mechanicsburg man who allegedly shot a Lower Swatara police officer in the leg during a domestic incident Oct. 14 has been continued until Nov. 20.

Andrew Changhan Park, 47, of the 200 block of Cherokee Drive, was supposed to have his preliminary hearing before District Judge Michael J. Smith on Monday morning.

Park was arraigned Oct. 15 and 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.

Park was denied bail and is being held in Dauphin County Prison.

According to the affidavit filed with Smith, Lower Swatara Officers Timothy Shea and Josh Malott responded to 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 at the residence. According to the affidavit, he had told her that he was going to kill her and himself and had been sending “threatening” text messages before showing up to the house.

The officers saw Park and the woman in a front room of the mobile home, and when Park saw the police, he slammed the door shut with the woman inside, the affidavit said.

Shea kicked open the door. Malott in the affidavit said he believed Park was aiming a gun at the woman’s head. The officers fired their Tasers — there had not been a report of weapons involved in the incident — and as Park was falling backwards, Malott heard two pop sounds and thought he had just fired shots at them, the affidavit said.

Shea was shot in the leg, and applied a tourniquet.

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

Both Shea and Park were taken to a hospital, and Vargo had said Park was taken for a medical evaluation.