One Lebanon City police officer was killed and two others were injured in a shooting Thursday that happened as they were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, city officials said.
The officers were called to the 1100 block of Forest Street in Lebanon at 3:30 p.m., Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello said. At 4:24 p.m., shots were exchanged between officers and a suspect, and three officers were hit, Capello said.
One officer died, Capello said. One of the surviving officers was in critical but stable condition Thursday night. The other officer was in stable condition.
Lebanon City Police Chief Todd Breiner said the suspect in the domestic disturbance call was a 34-year-old man who is now dead.
Police provided no other details about the incident.
Pier Hess Graf, the county district attorney, said in an email late Thursday night that her office will issue a statement Friday on the preliminary findings of its investigation. Once that is complete, a press conference will be set up to discuss the details. “At this time our focus remains on the investigation, and also on respecting the families of all officers affected tonight,” the note concluded.
The family of the officer who was killed was notified, but Capello said that out of respect for members of the extended family and their loss, the officer’s name was not released Thursday night.
“At this time, we are focused on the tragic loss of the officer and the well-being of the other members of our police department,” Capello said. “This is an extremely difficult moment for everyone.”
“Our guys are strong, but we’re human,” Breiner said. “With the help of our families and every other law enforcement officer around this country, we’ll get through it.