Officials: Susquehanna Twp. Police officer, facing arrest, killed himself in Carroll Twp. home after standoff
A Carroll Township man who works as a police sergeant in the Harrisburg area killed himself Monday afternoon after an armed standoff that started when officers arrived at his home to arrest him for burglary, according to police and township officials.
Sgt. Ronald Reinhart Jr., 41, of the Susquehanna Township Police Department, was going to be arrested and charged with burglary, official oppression, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, obstructing administration of law and several other related crimes for staging a burglary and then attempting to frame someone for it, according to authorities.
Upper Allen Township Police Chief James Adams said Reinhart staged a burglary on July 25 in the 600 block of Park Ridge Drive in Upper Allen Township in Cumberland County. Police then received an anonymous message a few days later pointing to a specific location in the 6500 block of Devonshire Road in Lower Paxton Township in Dauphin County where the jewelry that had been stolen was now located.
Adams said investigation led police to the conclusion that Reinhart committed the crimes. Officers showed up at his home at 170 Martel Drive in Carroll Township, just north of Dillsburg.
Reinhart barricaded himself in his home with a gun at about 12:42 p.m., after several hours during which Upper Allen Police, Carroll Township Police and tactical teams from both Cumberland and York counties tried to get him to surrender, the chief said.
The York County Coroner's Officer was called to the scene shortly after 4 p.m., after officers entered the home and found Reinhart dead.
The coroner's office ruled that he had shot himself to death.
After the end of the standoff, neighbor Eric Adams, standing just down the street, pointed out where tactical vehicles' tires had torn up the otherwise neatly manicured lawns in the normally quiet neighborhood. He said everyone who wasn't at home in the block was kept out of the area until shortly before 5 p.m.
It had been his 6-year-old daughter's first day of school in the Northern York County School District, and she, like all the kids in the area, hadn't been able to take the bus home because of the lockdown.
He said he'd lived in his home there for a few years, but didn't know Reinhart.
"I never even saw him," the neighbor said.
Reinhart had worked for the Susquehanna Township Police Department since 1998, according to his biography on the department's website. He had previously served in the Air Force; during his career at Susquehanna Township, he was a part of the Dauphin County Drug Task Force, it says.
Upper Allen Police were assisted in the investigation by Lower Paxton Township Police, Carroll Township Police and Susquehanna Township Police.
The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Upper Allen Township police station, at which point more information will be released.