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State police fatally shoot person while serving warrant, officials say

2-13-2015 Pennsylvania:

READING, Pa. - A cross-country search for a pair of federal fugitives came to an end with deadly gunfire in Reading early Friday morning.

Law enforcement authorities, armed with a pair of arrest warrants, converged on 414 Rehr St. around 4 a.m. to apprehend Richard Carlin and Sherry Gryszkin, both of whom were being sought by the U.S. Marshals, authorities said.

Carlin, authorities said, was arrested after exchanging gunfire with police in South Tuscon, Arizona, on Aug. 17, 2013, but he later made bail and fled the state to avoid prosecution.

The investigation led authorities to learn that Carlin and Gryszkin were hiding out together at the home on Rehr Street. Knowing Carlin's violent history with law enforcement, authorities said they planned to make their move early in the morning.

Berks County detectives and members of the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) converged on the home, during which time Carlin, 35, refused to comply with officers' demands and was fatally shot by a SERT member, officials said.

"When they entered the residence the subject began to flee out the top window of the home and our SERT troopers engaged him and he was shot as he was exiting the window," said Lt. Christopher Blugis, Pennsylvania State Police, who added Carlin refused to show his hands.

It's not clear whether Carlin was armed at the time. Neighbors in the area heard the shots.

"It was like bang bang bang and then bong bong bong bong bong bong," said Luis Rios, who woke up from the gunfire. "I saw all the lights and I was scared to go to the window because I didn't want bullets to go through the window and hit me."

Carlin's paramour, Gryszkin, 33, was arrested inside the home and is being held in Berks County pending her return to Arizona on a felony charge of trafficking in stolen property.

No officers were injured. An autopsy on Carlin is set for Saturday morning. The shooting remains under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police. ..Source.. by Ryan Hughes

Pennsylvania trooper shoots, kills South Tucson fugitive


A Pennsylvania state trooper fatally shot a fugitive Arizona sex offender while serving an arrest warrant at a Reading row home.

Police say the trooper opened fire on 35-year-old Richard Carlin around 4 a.m. Friday after he refused to follow police commands.

They say Carlin was on the run since posting bail after allegedly threatening South Tucson officers with a sawed-off shotgun in 2013.

Carlin was shot in that incident and later sued the city. Records show he's had child molestation and robbery convictions.

A neighbor who witnessed Friday's episode tells the Reading Eagle he saw police in SWAT gear and heard shouting, an explosion and 5-6 gunshots.

The trooper is a member of the state police's Special Emergency Response Team.

Reading is about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. ..Source.. by

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