Shot York City cop's fellow officers raising funds to help
Kyle Pitts' fellow York City police officers want to ensure that when he comes home from the hospital, his family will be able to focus on him without worrying about the little things.
That's why they're raising money for Pitts and his wife, York City Police Detective Tiffany Pitts, according to York City Detective First Class Andy Shaffer.
Kyle Pitts remains in a Harrisburg-area hospital in stable condition, recovering from a gunshot wound to the right elbow.
"Once he goes home, his family will be able to make taking care of him their main priority," Shaffer said. "So they don't have to worry about any of that smaller stuff — just Kyle and his well-being."
The little things: Donations will be used for things such as restaurant delivery service, groceries, laundry and cleaning services, snow removal, medical bills and other living expenses.
Shaffer and city Detective Scott Nadzom created the online fundraiser the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 23, and were trying to raise $5,000.
As of lunchtime Wednesday, Jan. 24, the online campaign had raised more than $9,000.
Only $5,000 of that will go to Pitts. All money raised above that amount will go to the family of slain Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, Shaffer said.
Donations can still be made online at gofundme.com/support-officer-Pitts-recovery-fund.
Close friendships: Shaffer is technically one of Kyle Pitts' supervisors, but Shaffer said the two are friends.
"We're with him every (work) day," he said, because they work in the same building.
The York City Police Department took over the old Eagle fire station on Jessop Place in the city years ago.
That's where the city's narcotics unit and nuisance-abatement squad are based, as are the full-time members of the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force, of which Pitts was a team member.
"I've often said we spend more waking hours with the guys here than we do with our own families," Shaffer said, adding everyone at Eagle is close. "A lot of our conversations are about fishing, hunting and family stuff."
The background: Hill, 45, one of the fugitive task force members, was fatally shot and Kyle Pitts was wounded Thursday, Jan. 18, as the team tried to serve an arrest warrant on a woman at a Harrisburg City home. The ballistic vest of a Harrisburg City officer kept him from being shot, officials have said.
Philadelphia fugitive and convicted felon Kevin Sturgis, 31, fired at the team from the second floor of the home and was killed when team members returned fire, police have said.
Hill lived in York County with his wife and their two young children.
Shaffer said getting the call about fellow law-enforcement officers being wounded — or worse — is never easy.
"Obviously, we were terrified," he said.
More surgeries: Kyle Pitts has already undergone two surgeries but will need more, according to Shaffer.
The 36-year-old officer will have a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation, Shaffer said.
Get-well cards for Kyle Pitts can be mailed to the York City Police station at 50 W. King St., York, PA 17401, or simply dropped off at the front desk there.
He has been a York City police officer for 10 years.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.