PSP: Man shot by York City Police wanted to go to jail

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A homeless man shot by York City Police said he torched a trailer and pointed a BB pistol at officers because he wanted to go to prison, according to state police.

Luis Amadiz-Rodriguez, 23, told troopers he was homeless and living in a trailer on Maryland Avenue.

"He wanted to go to jail, so he lit the trailer on fire," charging documents state.

Luis Amadiz-Rodriguez

That trailer was valued at $200 by city firefighters, who responded to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, and quickly doused the fire, according to York City Assistant Fire Chief Greg Altland.

He said flames were moving toward the rear property of neighboring Re-Source York at 405 Carlisle Ave., but fire crews extinguished those as well.

Amadiz-Rodriguez was on a neighbor's second-floor balcony holding a knife when York City Police arrived, charging documents state.

He complied when officers ordered him to drop the knife, but he then pulled a BB pistol from his back pocket and pointed it at the officers, state police allege.

That's when officers fired on him and he was struck in the arm, according to charging documents. 

The wound was not considered life-threatening, York City Mayor Michael Helfrich has said.

Amadiz-Rodriguez was treated at York Hospital, where state troopers questioned him. In York County, it's standard procedure for state police to investigate municipal police-involved shootings.

Locked up: He is now in York County Prison, charged with three counts of aggravated assault, arson endangering persons, criminal trespass, five counts of simple assault and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Amadiz-Rodriguez was arraigned Saturday, March 3, by on-duty District Judge Scott Laird, who set bail at $250,000, according to court records.

Neighbors first identified Amadiz-Rodriguez as being suspicious, and one of them saw him hiding behind her fence between a shed and bushes, charging documents state.

He was holding a knife when he threw a brick and some construction debris at firefighters, state police said. Those firefighters weren't hurt, Altland said.

Shot on balcony: He then made his way to the rear second-floor balcony of a nearby home in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, which is where he was when York City officers arrived, state police said.

He did that by climbing a fire escape, according to the mayor.

Troopers reviewed body-camera footage from York City officers, which showed Amadiz-Rodriguez was holding a pistol in his right hand and had not obeyed orders from police to drop the gun, charging documents state.

Before the shooting, he also threw a brick at city officers, according to state police.

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