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December 27, 2012

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A Richland Township man was shot in the torso by a police officer after the man allegedly fired a shotgun blast into an unoccupied cruiser at the Richland Township Municipal Building on Sept. 13.

Kevin McGee, 45, a resident of the 200 block of Freeman Drive, was charged with two counts of attempted homicide, assault of a law enforcement officer (two counts), aggravated assault (four), recklessly endangering another person (two), making terroristic threats (two) and criminal mischief (one). He reportedly discharged one round into the rear driver’s-side window of the vehicle and then turned his weapon toward Richland Township Police Department officers located inside the building, while digitally filming the incident with a small recorder attached to his shirt.

Officer John Lucas then shot the suspect.

“They were able to give him commands to drop the weapon,” said Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan.

“He did not comply. He turned and faced the window with the shotgun pointed in their direction. One officer discharged a round that struck the actor.”

Lucas added, “I could see his finger on the trigger guard. I fired through the window.”

Cambria County District Judge John Barron held McGee on $500,000 bond during an arraignment that took place when the suspect was still hospitalized at Memorial Medical Center.

Before the shooting, McGee was scheduled to appear before District Judge Max Pavlovich on Sept. 25. He faced charges of possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.

According to an affidavit, McGee sent letters to Pavlovich and Callihan in which he made undisclosed allegations against a Richland Township police officer.

His mother, Lois McGee, described the suspect as a man with longstanding mental issues and no friends.

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