PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — An unidentified man is still at large after police say he opened fire on officers. It happened overnight in Luzerne County.
“Where I’m pointing, you can see the bullet entry hole,” said Lorenzo White, Eyewitness.
16-year-old Lorenzo White was woken up to the sound of a bullet coming through his mother’s bedroom around 1:15 Friday morning.
“I heard gunshots outside my house. I heard a bang and I ran to my mom’s room. And there’s a bullet hole in the house,” said White.
That bullet hole is the result of a confrontation between Pittston Police and two men at Davis Alley and Butler Street.
“What was described by the officer, he hunches over a little but nd begins to go diagonally across the street. That’s when you can see the flashlight actually light him up. Then, he starts to back peddle. He pulls the firearm and then runs to the side into a dark spot where he then fires on police,” said Sam Sanguedolce, First Assistant District Attorney.
Zach Adams-Kelly caught the whole thing on a security camera outside his home.
“The guy over here ducked a little bit and before I knew it, I saw him shoot a gun,” said Adams-Kelly.
He watched everything play out live on his phone.
“Are they going to hurt anyone? Are they going to come to someone’s house? Are they going to try to break into someone’s house to hide? So much just goes through your mind, like, are we going to be okay,” said Adams-Kelly.
Police say before any shots were fired, the officers shouted at the man, but did not identify themselves as police, although they were in a marked vehicle. The question remains, is it possible the suspect did not know they were cops?
“Not possible, no. In fact, we believe that there is a chance the suspect was actually targeting the police,” said Sanguedolce.
The two officers were not hurt. They returned fire and there is no indication the gunman was hit. Both officers are now on paid leave pending the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Luzerne County 911 and ask for District Attorney’s Chief County Detective Michael Dessoye.