YARDLEY BOROUGH >> A 24 year old man is in custody and will face attempted murder charges of a law enforcement officer after shooting Yardley Borough Police Chief Joseph Kelly Wednesday morning, August 18 at Yardley Commons.
After an hours long standoff with police, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub announced the arrest of 24 year old Colin Frank Petroziello just after 3:30 pm.
“We now have our suspect in custody. And he will be charged to the fullest extent of the law," he said. "There will be no more bloodshed. The suspect was apprehended without additional incident. Great care was taken, no lives were lost and no more blood was shed. That is always our goal.”
The arrest ended a four hour standoff that began when Chief Joseph Kelly was shot while assisting a Bucks County probation officer on an offender check at the 800 building.
Kelly, who was hit by a single shot when Petroziello fired a shotgun through the front door of his apartment, is back at home after being treated for his injuries at St. Mary Medical Center.
“He wanted everyone to know that he’s okay and he expects to make a full recovery. He’s in great spirits,” said Weintraub.
After the shooting, Petroziello barricaded himself and his mother inside his apartment at 806 Yardley Commons. He was taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, ending the more than four-hour standoff.
Petroziello was charged with attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, two counts of attempted murder, six counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of assault of a law enforcement officer, persons not to possess a firearm, false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person and possession of an instrument of crime.
The shooting prompted a large response from law enforcement and a lockdown of the 260 unit residential complex on South Main Street. Residents were allowed to return to their homes just after 3:30 p.m.
"The luckiest person today is Chief Joseph Kelly, next are his family and then it's a tie: It's all of us that the police selflessly serve and protect without regard for their own public safety, every damn day," said Weintraub.
"And they do it without a thought of what could happen to them at any given moment,” he said. “This is but one horrible and awesome example all rolled into one because Police Chief Joseph Kelly knew of the risks, but he took them anyway when he assisted a fellow officer on a check the well-being call this morning.
“He won’t go home today, but he will go home,” said Weintraub.