Officer-Involved Shooting in Luzerne County

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KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Emergency responders were called to 279 Wyoming Avenue in Kingston around 3:30 Thursday morning.

Paramedics were initially sent there for a man having a medical emergency.

Medics say the apartment door was open when they arrived. They saw a man standing in the kitchen area who appeared to be drunk.

When police arrived on scene, the situation escalated.

When responders began to leave the apartment, the man grabbed a gun from his waistband and pointed it.

“He started pacing around the apartment again, went towards the refrigerator opened the door. A few seconds later he pulled a handgun out of the waistband and pointed it at the paramedics and officers who were in the doorway,” said Chief Richard Kotchik of the Kingston Police Department.

Police later determined it was a pellet gun.

“The officer pushed the paramedics out and drew his weapon. As the male was approaching, kept coming towards him, and fired one shot. The shot did miss him.”

Harley Fitzgerald-Krongel

Police say the suspect is 28-year-old Harley Fitzgerald-Krongel.

He was taken to the hospital.

“Once this call was over and the male was in custody, it ended up being a b-b gun that looked just like an actual firearm.”

Kingston Police Chief Richard Kotchik says he’s happy no one was injured.

“The bottom line was the officer protected the paramedics and protected himself. Which getting home at the end of the day is what we want to do here.”
“The officers are aware that every call, every day is always different. So, you have to take it one call at a time and just safety is out highest priority and safety is the highest priority for everyone at that point including ourselves,” said Sgt. Sam Blaski of the Kingston Police Department.

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