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Jury selection resumes Tuesday for alleged would-be cop killer

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the trial of a York City man accused of firing at the head of a Northern Regional police officer at point-blank range during a traffic stop along Route 30.

Trev Jackson II is charged with attempted homicide on a Northern Regional police officer.

After a full day of jury selection  Monday, court adjourned without seating a jury, according to chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday, who left the courtroom about 5:45 p.m.

He said selection for Trev Bowies Jackson II will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

If convicted on all counts, the 25-year-old Jackson is facing a long state prison sentence, Sunday has said.

"I think situations like this really shine a light on the dangers that face police officers on a daily basis, even for routine things like traffic stops," Sunday told The York Dispatch in September.

Jackson, formerly of East College Avenue, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault on a law-enforcement officer with a firearm and reckless endangerment.

A conviction on the assault-on-law-enforcement charge carries a mandatory sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison, Sunday has said, and the attempted murder charge has a maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.

Dove to safety: Officer Lynn Anderson of Northern York County Regional Police escaped serious injury by diving out of the way as Jackson fired three shots from a .380-caliber handgun at him in the parking lot of the Manchester Crossroads Shopping Center along Route 30 in Manchester Township about 10 p.m. Nov. 22, police allege.

The officer, who was 29 at the time, took the witness stand against Jackson at his preliminary hearing in September.

"(Anderson) testified that he had burn marks on his face (from gunpowder) because the gun was so close," Sunday has said. "It actually physically burned his face. Thanks to his training, his quick action allowed him to ... get out of harm's way."

Jackson is being defended by Harrisburg-based defense attorney Davis Younts, who has requested an out-of-county jury to ensure his client receives a fair trial. That request has not yet been ruled on, with presiding Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner reserving ruling until after they determine whether potential jurors have heard about the case.

The background: Anderson stopped Jackson for swerving in and out of his lane of travel on Route 30, then smelled marijuana coming from the car, charging documents state.

Anderson ordered Jackson — a felon on parole — out of the car and was reaching for the man's arm to handcuff him when Jackson turned and fired from about 2 feet away, Northern Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel has said. Anderson was unhurt, except for the powder burns on his face from the muzzle flash, the chief said.

As Jackson fired, Anderson dove out of the way and returned fire, squeezing off seven rounds, Bentzel said at the time. Four of those bullets struck Jackson's car, police said.

Billboards show Trev Bowies Jackson II's photo and note there's a $5,000 reward for his arrest.

Jackson was shot in the left hand when Anderson returned fire, according to police. His vehicle was found abandoned the next morning with blood in it.

Police have said Jackson made his way to York City after stealing a bicycle from a shed in Manchester Township. Officers found a boot print and a pool of blood in the Zoard Avenue shed, as if Jackson had been hiding there, police have said.

'Dangerous man': Police filed charges against Jackson the next day. A few weeks later, Bentzel released a 42-second dash-cam video from Anderson's cruiser showing the encounter. That's because Jackson was still at large.

"I want the public to know and understand that this is a dangerous man," the chief said at the time. "He tried to kill our police officer."

The fugitive remained on the run from police for more than five months until he was captured without incident by U.S. marshals and local police on North Stanley Street in Philadelphia, police have said. Officials used billboards offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Anderson was placed on administrative leave after the shooting but returned to work within a couple of weeks, police said.

His first day back at work, Anderson was out on patrol, pulling over vehicles, according to his chief.

"That says a lot about Lynn Anderson," Bentzel has said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.