Cop killing suspect also charged in dispute that led to it
NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (AP) — A man jailed on charges he fatally shot a western Pennsylvania police officer has been charged in a related domestic dispute and with stealing a vehicle while he eluded police for hours afterward.
State police filed the new charges Wednesday against 31-year-old Ray Shetler Jr. Shetler’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Shetler was arrested on Nov. 29, ending a six-hour manhunt following the shooting of St. Clair township Office Lloyd Reed.
The 54-year-old officer was the first to arrive when Shetler’s girlfriend called 911 to report he assaulted her.
Westmoreland County authorities say Shetler exited the New Florence house with a rifle and shot Lloyd, who fired at Shetler after he refused to drop the gun.
Authorities say Friday’s preliminary hearing on the homicide charge will be rescheduled.