Man shot after firing gun outside Adams County Prison

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A man was shot by a state police trooper after authorities said he showed up at the Adams County Prison with guns and fired several rounds Thursday afternoon.

Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner said the 31-year-old unnamed man was dressed in camouflage when he arrived at the prison on a bicycle shortly before 2 p.m.

He went into the lobby and pointed a handgun at a corrections officer, then walked out of the facility.

“She had a calm demeanor and we feel that had a major impact on no violence occurring within the lobby,” Wagner said of the corrections officer.

The Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania State Police troopers and the U.S. Marshal’s Service responded to the prison, secured the building, and located the suspect, who was heavily armed with a handgun, an AR-15 rifle, and a hunting knife.

“He had well in excess of 100 rounds of ammunition between the pistol and assault rifle,” state police Lt. Frederick Hess said.

Wagner said the man fired nearly 10 shots and refused to obey instructions, When he pointed the rifle at the prison, the trooper shot him in the upper torso.

He was taken to York Hospital and was in the trauma unit. His name was not immediately released.

“This had to potential to be an extremely tragic situation,” Wagner said.

The man’s motive is unclear. Authorities said he has no connection to the prison or its staff.

Wagner said his preliminary investigation suggests the trooper was justified in shooting.

Authorities were involved in the standoff for a little over a half-hour. The prison, the county courthouse, and the Department of Emergency Services were locked down and nearby streets were closed for about an hour.

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