DA's Office Investigating Officer involved shooting
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred early this morning at the intersection of 19th and Derry Streets in the City of Harrisburg. While the investigation is in its initial stages, the office has learned the following information: Three Harrisburg Police officers, in two separate police vehicles, made a traffic stop of a mini van at a red light at 19th and Derry Streets. As officers approached the minivan, the driver of the van backed into the police vehicle behind him and then drove toward an officer approaching him from the front of the van. An officer fired his service weapon and one shot went through the front windshield and struck the driver in the left shoulder. A female passenger was also in the minivan. The minivan fled the scene and was later found on Harris Terrace. Sometime later this morning, the driver of the minivan went to a local hospital for treatment. The driver, Tanel Woodward, of Harrisburg, is expected to be released sometime today from the hospital. Woodward will face charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, escape, and fleeing and eluding police. He is presumed innocent of those charges at this time. The investigation into the officer's shooting will continue. The District Attorney is charged with determining whether the officer's use of force was justified or whether the officer should face criminal charges. Anyone with information surrounding this incident should contact the District Attorney's Office or leave an anonymous tip on the Crimewatch app or site.