The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

July 27, 2011

Father says police shot son

Officials mum on incident

GREENVILLE — Police shot and killed a Greenville man in his driveway Tuesday night on College Avenue, according to the dead man’s father.

“The cops shot him, I guess. It kind of looks like that’s what happened,” Jeffrey Anderson Sr., said early Wednesday morning just before police took his pregnant daughter-in-law Serena Anderson through the police tape and barricades, presumably to identify the body of his son Jeffrey Anderson Jr.

The elder Anderson and his family had been waiting in a parking lot on Main Street for hours to find out what happened to the younger Anderson. They were clearly distraught.

Anderson and his wife Rebecca, the younger man’s step-mother, arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. after they got word that Jeffrey Anderson Jr. had been shot by police. Anderson and his wife had initially walked through the police cordon but were stopped.

“They wanted us to go out and calm down, and I said ‘How are you going to do it if that’s your son?’,” Anderson Sr. told The Herald.

Jeffrey Anderson Jr., 30, was on probation, according to his father. He said police told him they were trying to serve a warrant on his son and the younger Anderson tried to run.

Neighbors said they heard gunshots, but they weren’t certain how many shots were fired.

Greenville West Salem Township police wouldn’t say what happened. Police Chief Dennis Stevens said that Pennsylvania State Police were handling the investigation.

 Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems and county Sheriff Bill Romine were on the scene, along with police from several local jurisdictions.

Yellow police tape and road blocks restricted access to the area and work lights lit up the backyards of houses on College Avenue and Shenango Street.

While officials voices were silent, rumors about the incident swirled around the scene and online Tuesday as word spread that something had happened .

A crowd of onlookers spent hours milling around the area Tuesday night as the nearby Sheetz convenience store did a brisk business, despite having its parking lot filled with emergency vehicles.

For more information, see Thursday’s Herald.

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