2 arrested, 1 sought after shots fired at Harrisburg police

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police made two arrests and are looking for a third suspect after an incident where shots were fired at a city police car during a pursuit in a robbery case.

Shawn McCoy
Shawn McCoy

Police said they are looking for 20-year-old Shawn McCoy, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. McCoy is suspected of other robberies in the city, including one in the Linden Terrace apartments on North Front Street on March 18, and was recently released from jail.

Police said McCoy, 24-year-old Sharyne Cook, and 25-year-old Yusef Chandler-Blake pistol-whipped a man and took his money, jewelry and cell phone in the 200 block of Verbeke Street around around 2:30 a.m.

Responding officers tried to stop a car leaving the scene, but Cook refused to pull over and led police on a pursuit in which McCoy fired six times, hitting the police vehicle twice, police said.

The officer did not return fire and was not harmed.

Cook eventually stopped in the 3000 block of Penn Street and the trio fled. Cook and Chandler-Blake were captured a short time later, but McCoy escaped from the area, police said.

Residents of several streets around Italian Lake were told to stay indoors while officers searched for the suspects, and Camp Curtin Academy students were told to report to school one hour later due to the police activity in the area.

Yusef Chandler-Blake, left, and Sharyne Cook
Yusef Chandler-Blake, left, and Sharyne Cook

“We asked the people in the immediate area of Italian Lake to shelter in place, stay in their houses, let us know if they see anything suspicious, if there’s any fresh damage to their fences, anything like that, anything we need to know about,” police Captain Colin Cleary said.

The shelter-in-place, which included the 3000 blocks of Green, Penn and Second Streets, was lifted by 9 a.m.

McCoy faces charges that include attempted homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy, flight to avoid apprehension, escape, aggravated assault and firearms offenses.

Family members told ABC 27 he is willing to die before he goes back to jail.

“It is not the desire for our police agency to bring any harm to Shawn,” police Chief Thomas Carter said. “We want him to surrender.”

Cook was charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing and eluding, and driving without a license. Chandler-Blake faces counts of robbery, criminal conspiracy, flight to avoid apprehension, and escape.

Anyone who saw anything unusual in either the 200 block of Verbeke Street at around 2:30 a.m. or in the area of the 3000 block of Penn Street during the same time frame is asked to call police at 717-255-6516 or 717-255-6531.

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