SPRINGFIELD — Police serving a mental health warrant on a resident of the 300 block of East Springfield Road were fired upon - and returned fire, shooting the man Friday afternoon.
Springfield Police Chief Joseph Daly said officers were at the house to serve a 302 involuntary commitment warrant where they have had several interactions with the subject in the past.
"When he was confronted by the officers he drew a weapon and fired one shot," said Daly. "The weapon fell to the ground. He picked up a second weapon. When he displayed that he was shot by police.”
The shooting happened shortly before 1:30 p.m., Daly said the man was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was in stable condition with was was described as non-life threatening injuries.
“He didn’t drop the weapon. He had already fired a weapon and police weren’t waiting for him to fire another one,” Daly said.
A neighbor who did not wish to be identified said he heard two shots, then saw numerous police cars descend on the home. He also said the residents had only been living there a shot time.
A pick-up truck and a SUV sat in the driveway, roped off with police tape, as officers searched the ground near the vehicles and in the back yard, which was blocked from view by a white fence. Along with a Christmas decorations, a number of signs at the house warned of "closed-circuit television and audio monitoring on the premises."
According to the Delaware County Mental Health Crisis Court, a 302 is a petition for an involuntary commitment for up to 120 hours. The 302 must be filed by the person who observed the behavior.
District Attorney Katayoun Copeland said the investigation into the incident is being conducted by her office.