PSP: York City officer shoots suspect in pursuit

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser

State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that sent one person to the hospital early Saturday morning, according to an official.

Trooper Brent Miller confirmed Saturday morning that state police had been sent to investigate an incident in York City shortly before 6 a.m. A York City Police officer had shot at a suspect during a pursuit, he said.

According to a news release from state police, a man left his SUV unattended about 4:30 a.m. as he entered the Royal Farms at the intersection of Loucks Road and Roosevelt Avenue, on Route 30. 

During that time, Terry E. Diffendorfer, 30, of York Haven, entered the idling vehicle and stole it, according to police. The victim was going hunting, and there was a shotgun in the car.

York City Police found the car and tried to initiate a traffic stop, but Diffendorfer fled and crashed into a utility pole while fleeing, according to the release.

Two York City Police officers managed to corner Diffendorfer in a parking lot off Grant Street between West Market and West King streets, police said.

Diffendorfer briefly escaped by ramming one of the York City Police vehicles. He continued around a building, where he was cornered again by buildings and the Codorus Creek, police said.

A second officer attempted to stop Diffendorfer, but he accelerated and again rammed the police car, which struck the officer, according to the release.

The officer fired his weapon, shooting Diffendorfer and ending the pursuit, police said.

"The individual that was shot is at (York Hospital)," Miller said Saturday morning. A nursing supervisor at the hospital said Saturday morning that there was no information on a patient by that name. The officers' names were not released.

Messages left to York City Police officials were not returned.