Man shot, killed by police following high-speed chase along Route 22 in Westmoreland County

A man was shot and killed by Pennsylvania State Police following a high-speed chase along Route 22 in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

According to police, the incident began with a domestic incident involving a weapon in Richland Township in Cambria County. Troopers tried to apprehend the suspect, but he fled in a car.

The suspect led troopers on a high-speed chase on Route 22 and tried to turn his vehicle around. A state trooper tried to get the suspect to stop using a defensive maneuver, but police said the suspect would not comply.

Police said they had to engage with gunfire, in which the suspect was killed.

As of 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Westmoreland County 911 confirmed that Route 22 has reopened between State Route 981 and 982.

Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Zicarelli released the following statement concerning the shooting:

“Earlier today, there was an officer involved shooting in Westmoreland County on Rt. 22 in Derry Township and ultimately the actor did not survive. This investigation is ongoing. I will await the full and complete investigative report. After a thorough and unbiased review of the evidence, I will make a legal determination as to the use of force.”

The coroner’s office identified the deceased as 35-year-old Krysten Pretlor of Johnstown. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to online court records, Pretlor has a long criminal history.

In 2017, he was wanted by Johnstown police on several charges including aggravated and simple assault.

The coroner’s office said Pretlor’s toxicology results will not be available for weeks.

The involved troopers will be placed on administrative duties while the incident is under investigation.

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