Man shot and killed by police outside Pottstown auto body shop

- Officials in Pottstown are investigating a deadly police-involved shooting near an auto shop.

The incident occurred on the unit block of High Street outside an auto body shop called Red Arrow Auto around 4:30 a.m.

Officers responded to the scene for a welfare check on a reportedly suicidal man.

When police arrived on scene a witness tells FOX 29’s Steve Keeley a local maintenance worker had been threatening to harm himself and police and was holding a gun. 

The witness says the man had pointed the gun at himself and police and refused multiple commands to put the weapon down. Police later recovered a BB gun in proximity to the suspect. 

After continued refusals, the witness says police opened fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was then transported to a local hospital by helicopter but later died, according to police.

An officer was also taken to the hospital following the incident.

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