PSP: Dauphin County man dies in police shootout

A Dauphin County man died this morning during a shoot-out at his West Hanover Township home, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Mitchell James Shuller, 34, reportedly started firing rounds from a rifle at residences in his Fishing Creek Valley Road neighborhood at about 5 a.m. Bullets hit at least two occupied homes, police said.

State troopers arrived on the scene and tried to get Shuller to put the rifle down; but he refused and continued to fire. He then turned the rifle on the troopers and began firing in their direction.

Troopers fired back, hitting Shuller. Lower Paxton Township Police Department officers arrived on scene to assist; and troopers and police officers rendered aid. Emergency Medical Service first responders pronounced Shuller dead at the scene. There were no other injuries.   

The Dauphin County Coroner’s Office was contacted and are assisting in an investigation.​​

PSP has responded to the residence about four times in the past year for disturbance calls or similar calls, a PSP spokesperson said. Shuller was at home alone when he began shooting, and when police arrived on the scene.

Fishing Creek Valley Road was closed to traffic all morning and into the early afternoon.

The Troop H- Major Case Team, in conjunction with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and the Dauphin County C.I.D. (Criminal Investigation Division) are investigating.

It is standard Pennsylvania State Police policy to assign a member who has been involved in an officer-involved shooting to administrative duties while the incident is under investigation.

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