Man requesting “suicide by cop” is alive, safe, thanks to diligence by York Police and York County Sheriff’s Department

YORK – According to the York County Sheriff’s Department, a man who allegedly instigated a “suicide by cop” scenario is still alive and safe, thanks to responsive action from the YSO and the York Police Department.

According to the YSO, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 6:06 p.m., “deputies were notified that an officer with the York Police Department was attempting to stop a vehicle and the driver was refusing to pull over. Deputies join the officer in attempting to stop the vehicle. The driver eventually stopped in the 600 Block of South Lincoln Avenue, where a man then exited the vehicle and produced a handgun behind his back in a ‘suicide by cop’ attempt, telling officers to shoot him. While negotiating, officers were briefly able to see an orange tip on the handgun. After relaying this information, York County 911 stated the suspect had purchased a BB gun earlier in the day.

“With the information available, deputies were able to utilize a less lethal PepperBall gun and take the suspect into custody,” the YSO reports.

York County Sheriff Paul Vrbka said, “The York County deputies and York Police officers showed amazing restraint and were able to resolve the incident by taking the suspect into custody with no one being injured.”

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