READING, Pa. (AP) — 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 Tuscon 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.
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