Chief: Fleeing gunman fired at Hanover officer giving chase

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Hanover police officer escaped injury when a fleeing would-be robber fired a bullet at him, according to Hanover Police Chief Chad Martin.

Now the chief is asking for the public's help in identifying the gunman.

Officers were called to the area of High and Poplar streets about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, for a report of a gun-wielding man.

Do you recognize this man who allegedly fired a shot at a fleeing cop on May 2, 2018? If so, Hanover Police are asking you to contact them.

They spotted two men in the 200 block of North Franklin Street, one of whom yelled that the other had a gun, the chief wrote in a news release.

That prompted the gunman to run away, with officers giving chase, Martin said.

The fleeing man fired a shot in the direction of a pursuing officer while in the 300 block of High Street, according to the chief.

No one was hurt, and officers did not return fire, Martin said.

Robbery attempt: Officers later learned the gunman had tried to rob the other man at gunpoint, according to the chief.

The gunman was last seen running west on Pine Street, Martin said.

He is described as a thin black man in his 20s, between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-10, who was wearing a black baseball cap, a gray T-shirt and blue jeans, police said. He also had a black sleeve — possibly a compression sleeve — on his right arm.

Hanover Police are searching for this man, who they say fired a bullet at an officer chasing after him on May 2, 2018. Police said he was being chased because he'd just tried to rob a man at gunpoint.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information about the gunman's identity or whereabouts is asked to call Hanover Police at 717-637-5575, or call 911.

Assisting at the scene were Penn Township Police, West Manheim Township Police, York County sheriff's deputies, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Hanover Area Fire and Rescue, Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services, Pleasant Hill Fire Co. and Irishtown Fire Co.

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