Mayor: York City officers shot man who pulled gun, admitted setting fire
Police officers were involved in a shooting Friday evening in York City that sent one person to the hospital, according to York County 911.
A York County 911 dispatcher confirmed the shooting occurred just before 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the 800 block of Maryland Avenue.
The person shot was taken to York Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to York City Mayor Michael Helfrich.
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Helfrich spoke at the scene and said the incident began with a fire reported behind Re-Source York, 405 Carlisle Ave.
While firefighters were putting out the fire, a resident came to them and said there was a suspicious person lurking nearby, Helfrich said.
When firefighters went over to talk to the person, he threw rocks at the firefighters and appeared to have a screwdriver or some other tool in his hand, Helfrich said.
"He admitted lighting a fire, and he got worked up," Helfrich said.
The firefighters had already called York City Police, and when the police arrived, the person climbed up on a second-floor fire escape, the mayor said.
"Police arrived and tried to work with him, and he pulled a pistol," Helfrich said.
That's when the shooting occurred, he said.
Pennsylvania State Police will be investigating the incident, Helfrich said.