A man who fatally shot a western Pennsylvania police officer before the man himself died at the scene was a fugitive who had threatened police since he was charged in another shooting earlier this month, a prosecutor and police said.
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck says 33-year-old Charlie Arthur Post had been in contact with Lower Burrell police and threatened officers before he fatally shot Officer Derek Kotecki, 40, outside a Dairy Queen about 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
“Obviously, officer Kotecki was a man of a great deal of courage. He was able to face a man who had actually threatened within the last week the officers of the city of Lower Burrell with physical harm,” Peck told reporters at the scene.
Source: The Associated Press via Law Officer.