Man charged in car chase, shootout ruled incompetent
A York County judge ruled a man charged with trying to kill his brother and a police officer in May is not competent to stand trial.
Psychologist Amy Taylor spent a day with Eduardo Manuel Portell-Llanos this past fall and then issued a report Jan. 18 saying he was not able to understand the seriousness of the court proceedings and the charges leveled against him.
Erin Thompson, the lawyer for the 23-year-old Portell-Llanos, asked York County Court of Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook to accept that report as well as a recommendation from the psychologist for Portell-Llanos to spend up to 90 days in a mental institution getting treatment.
The prosecution didn't object, and the judge, after reading the "rather extensive" 14-page report, agreed.
"I don't believe he would be able to understand or participate enough in his defense" at this point to be able to stand trial, she said.
Portell-Llanos was ordered to be sent to a state mental hospital when a bed opened up. For the time being, he remains in York County Prison, after his bail was revoked in June, according to prison records.
After the hearing, Thompson said she couldn't expand on her client's diagnosis. She said it could be a few months before space at the state mental hospital opens up, which the judge also alluded to in the courtroom.
Musti Cook scheduled a status hearing for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, to check up on where the defendant was and how he was doing.
Background: Police say Portell-Llanos on May 6, 2015, rammed the vehicle driven by his brother, Giancarlo Roque-Llanos, while they were driving on Susquehanna Trial North in Conewago Township. Then, they say, Portell-Llanos opened fire on his brother, squeezing off at least six shots with an illegally possessed Glock pistol.
After crashing his car in a field, police say, he made his way to the 100 block of Sylvan Way in Conewago Township, where he eventually broke into a home. Northern Regional Police Officer Isaiah Emenheiser showed up shortly thereafter to investigate the reported break-in, eventually going down into the basement to look for a burglar, police say. Portell-Llanos then began to make his way into the basement, and, after hearing someone down there, fired another shot and turned to run, at which point the officer returned fire, hitting him once in the buttocks, according to police.
Portell-Llanos later told police he thought the person in the basement was his brother, and that's why he shot at him, according to charging documents.
Portell-Llanos then tried to steal a motorcycle and get away, but officers tackled him and restrained him, police say.
He's charged with two counts of attempted homicide, two more of aggravated assault, another count of burglary and a host of other crimes, according to the criminal complaint filed against him by state police.
State police took over the investigation of the whole incident, as is common practice for officer-involved shootings in York County.
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