Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a Farrell grocery store.
Investigators were at Golden Dawn on Sharon New Castle Road all morning Wednesday, gathering evidence and trying to piece together what happened inside that led to officers shooting at a suspect.
It all happened around 1:30 a.m. when someone called 911 to report a burglary in progress at the grocery store.
Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson said surrounding departments responded to help Farrell and when they entered the building, the officers came across a man.
“They believed that the burglar posed a deadly threat to them based on the circumstances, and at least two of the officers engaged the burglar and fired their weapons,” Karson said.
Karson said there is some evidence that the suspect was focusing on the ATM inside the store.
Hermitage Police Chief Eric Jewell said a Hermitage officer and an officer from another agency shot at the man. The suspect was hurt and taken to St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown. He has not been identified but is expected to be charged.
Information on the officers involved in the shooting is not available at this time.
Officers blocked off the door to the grocery store on Wednesday. No one was allowed inside.
Customers wanting to shop at the Golden Dawn but couldn’t because of the investigation said they are shocked something like this happened in their town.
“You don’t think something like that would happen here. People around here are very nice. I am really shocked about it,” said Roseann Boylan.
Kaussam Ismail owns Beauty Plus located in the same plaza as Golden Dawn. He said in the ten years he’s been there, nothing like this has happened.
“I’ve never heard a story like this. It is very surprising and it is very sad,” Ismail said.
Karson says the Pennsylvania State Police Major Crime Unit will complete a full investigation of the shooting.