The Dispatch audio of the police response and shooting of a St. Clair, PA. police officer will give the listener an insight of the dangers of responding to domestic disturbance calls that officers respond to on a daily basis. Some portions of this audio are disturbing and listener discretion is advised.
At approximately 9:17PM Saturday evening, Westmoreland County 9-1-1 sent their PD units to assist State Police to a domestic disturbance at 131 Ligonier Street. State Police were on a delayed response and requested Township police to assist. A female locked herself in an upstairs room after being assaulted with a rifle by her boyfriend Ray Shetler, age 31 who was intoxicated.
Police arrived and initially had trouble finding the home. Meanwhile, the female caller said her boyfriend was outside near his pick-up truck and that her house was filling with smoke. Police were advised that he still had the gun with him.
Approximately 9:39PM radio transmissions stated that shots were fired and "490" was down. EMS was requested forthwith and to proceed in even know the scene was not secure. The suspect fled on foot and a large manhunt commenced.
Fire units were sent in for the house fire that was allegedly started by the suspect. The condition of the girlfriend is unknown at the time this article was written.
The police officer died at the emergency room.
Court records show that Ray Shetler was arrested in 2013 for simple assault and harassment.
New Florence is located 13 miles west of Johnstown in Westmoreland County, PA.
Information contained in this article should not be considered official and may contain inaccuracies, unless specifically cited. The photo of the person in this article was found on a Facebook page of a Ray Shetler of New Florence, PA.
Just before 10:00AM Saturday morning, Police and EMS were sent to 122 East Union Street for a stabbing. The 9-1-1 caller said that a male came to her door with a stab wound to the back. When police arrived they found a male with a stab wound at the corner of Broad and East Union. Command requested all available police units to respond for a large group of people.
Catasauqua Police were requested to assist in looking for more suspects roaming in the area. Police picked up a male at Washington and Catasauqua Road and brought him back to the scene that was now at 1133 Broad Street. The police had a language barrier and trouble communicating with the people involved in the incident. Lehigh County 9-1-1 center searched for a translator but couldn't find one.
The aided was transported to an area trauma center. The incident is under investigation.
Allentown, Pa. - Allentown EMS and Police were summoned to 8th and Turner Streets around 15:00 hours Wednesday afternoon for a shooting. Police found the victim closer to Chew Street on 8th and was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Police closed off North 8th Street between Turner and Chew Streets while they investigated.
This street closing along with Tilghman Street at 5th caused a rush hour nightmare for commuters looking to leave the city.
Coplay, Pa. - Approximately 12:00 Sunday afternoon, police responded to a suicide threat in the 100 block of N. 8th Street. They found a young man inside with weapons and wouldn't talk to the officers.
The S.W.A.T. was activated and team members from around Lehigh County responded into the scene. Fire Police closed off 8th Street north of Chestnut Street for about two hours.
As the team was forming at the scene near Balliet Field, the young man surrendered and walked out the back door of the duplex. He was placed in the awaiting Cetronia ambulance without incident.
Afterwards, the S.W.A.T. members entered the home to do a search and clear the home for the Coplay Police. Members found weapons in the attic.
When the house was cleared by S.W.A.T. it was turned back over to the Coplay Police Department.
No injuries were reported. All police officers went home safe. And the young man will get the treatment that he needs.
10:00 PM Thursday night, Police and EMS were sent to Poplar and Allen Streets for a shooting. Police found a female at Poplar and Mary Streets with a gunshot wound to the lower leg. She was transported to an area hospital by Allentown EMS.
Police investigated the scene for a short time and called A.F.D. in to clean the sidewalk.
Allentown, Pa. - For the second time Tuesday, gunshots ring out in center city. This shooting, the second of the day, is a man shot just half a block from the new arena in the 100 block of North 7th Street.
The man was shot numerous times in the abdomen in the parking lot just north of the 7-Eleven store at 7th and Linden Streets. He then ran into the store seeking help.
Police taped off a large area from Linden, north around the parking lot and west to Hall Street, where the suspects fled north on Hall Street.
Police hand-cuffed and detained numerous people near the crime scene. One man was placed in back of a police car.
Evidence markers littered the 7-Eleven parking lot and the lot to the north.
The victim is in critical condition.
The first shooting was in the area of 14th and Chew Streets. Police and EMS found a man with a gunshot wound to the ass. Police were having trouble finding the actual crime scene.
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