Suspect who police say fired shots at Pittston officers apprehended


PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Shots were fired toward police and now one man is locked up on several charges.

This all played out in the early morning hours of Friday, January 22 in Pittston. But Thursday, police say they finally have their suspect in custody.

Police say 33-year-old David Folweiler is the man who approached officers on a dark street and shot at them. It happened just after 1 a.m. on Friday, January 22.

Folweiler is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license. Police brought Folweiler into Pittston Police headquarters just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Investigators believe Folweiler is the man in this video, shooting at police:

“With the fugitive task force, after days of searching, this morning at approximately 10:40 we were able to locate the defendant in East Stroudsburg. He was staying at a hotel,” Luzerne County First Assistant D.A. Sam Sanguedolce said.

According to the affidavit, officers Drew Malvizzi and Justin Luciano were patrolling the area of Butler Street on the night of January 21, investigating the report of a car parked in the neighborhood with a history of drug-related calls.

The affidavit states their marked patrol SUV was situated in a dirt lot. Malvizzi in full uniform stepped out of vehicle to light a cigarette. He saw two men walking up Butler Street toward Davis Alley.

The shorter man crossed Butler Street to the officer’s side. Malvizzi stated he shined a flashlight and asked “What’s up?” The man responded “What’s up?” Malvizzi asked what he was doing but he turned away and crouched down. Both officers said they saw the man pull a gun from his waist before he fired two rounds at Malvizzi.

“Officer Malvizzi returned fire and Mr. Folweiler fled. Along the path where he fled we recovered a cellphone and we recovered the firearm we believed was used in the incident,” Sanguedolce said.

The affidavit states Malvizzi called for backup. Other officers found the taller male near Church Street and brought him in for questioning. Information from the taller man and other confidential witnesses confirmed the shooter’s identity: David Folweiler. Officials say it’s unclear what provoked the shooting.

“Other than the fact that they were police officers, I have no idea,” Sanguedolce said.

“We’re going to take it serious. We’re going to continue to commit resources. Our city has made a huge investment in our police department. I always stand behind our police department and I think that’s an important message,” Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo said.

Police say Folweiler’s criminal history prohibits him from possessing, using, or controlling a firearm. Luckily no one was injured during the incident.

Folweiler is locked up at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail. Multiple agencies assisted in tracking him down including the FBI, U.S. Marshals service and Pennsylvania State Police.

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