Probe still active in case of man shot by cop in Spring Grove

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

State police continue to investigate the shooting of a handcuffed man by a Southwestern Regional police officer, according to the York County District Attorney's Office.

DA's office spokesman Kyle King told The York Dispatch on Friday, June 15, that York County District Attorney Dave Sunday is waiting for state police to finish an independent investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

State police investigate an incident at Santander Bank, 39 W. Hanover St., in Spring Grove Wednesday, May 30. (Photo: Lindsay C. VanAsdalan)

King confirmed those investigations can take time and said as soon as Sunday is given the completed investigative report, he'll review it quickly.

"I think everyone is aware that there are a lot of people interested in this incident," King said. "Obviously we understand it is of import to the community."

He said that since the incident, Sunday has had regular ongoing communication with troopers investigating the shooting.

The background: Ryan Shane Smith Jr., 32, was shot May 30 while struggling with two Southwestern Regional police officers in the parking lot of Santander Bank, 39 W. Hanover St. in Spring Grove.

Two eyewitnesses have told The York Dispatch that Smith was handcuffed and partially in the back of a police cruiser when one of the officers shot him in the leg.

State police and the eyewitnesses reported that officers shocked Smith with a Taser several times before that, and court documents state Smith was "noncompliant and would not put his legs in the back seat of the police car."

Ryan Shane Smith

According to charging documents filed against Smith by state police, Smith refused to leave Santander Bank on May 30 without withdrawing a half-million dollars.

He doesn't have an account with the bank and didn't have proper identification with him to make a withdrawal, according to police.

'Hazardous condition': "Smith was disorderly and threatening bank employees and created a hazardous condition for other customers," Trooper Nikki Gundel wrote in charging documents.

He was asked to leave the bank numerous times but refused, at which point Southwestern Regional Police were called to the scene, documents state.

Smith allegedly struggled with Southwestern Officers Stu Harrison and Michael Matthews and resisted arrest, according to state police, who were asked to investigate the police-involved shooting by the district attorney.

The officers eventually got him out of the bank and partially into the back of a cruiser, documents state, but he wouldn't pull his legs inside the car, documents state.

Witnesses say that's when one of the officers shot Smith in the leg.

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Pending charges: Smith will be charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and two counts of disorderly conduct. He will be arraigned prior to his preliminary hearing, currently set for Friday, June 29, according to court records. 

His attorney, Seamus Dubbs, has declined comment.

State police investigate an incident at Santander Bank, 39 W. Hanover St., in Spring Grove Wednesday, May 30. (Photo: Lindsay C. VanAsdalan)

Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean has said Harrison and Matthews were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Bean also said he would like to speak more about the incident but was not yet able to do so.

"The review of this incident by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Southwestern Regional department is progressing well," he recently told The York Dispatch. "At some point in the future when all the facts and information are gathered, we look forward to providing our residents a full explanation of what occurred."

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