Man killed by Northern York County Regional police after striking officer with car

Written by Maddie Crocenzi, The York Daily Record | Jan 7, 2018 7:53 AM

 (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)

Yellow police tape is visible outside of Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in Manchester Township Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

(York) -- A 27-year-old man was killed in a police-involved shooting Saturday morning after striking an officer with his vehicle in a church parking lot, according to state police. 

Gregory Stough, of the 200 block of Dicks Dam Road in New Oxford, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:24 a.m., according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.

Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer Brent Miller said Northern York County Regional Police officers initially were checking out a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene on Stillmeadow Lane, near Susquehanna Trail, in Manchester Township. 

An officer made contact with Stough in his Pontiac Bonneville around 3:21 a.m. The officer discovered Stough was wanted on four traffic warrants related to vehicle inspections. Stough also had a suspended driver's license, police said. 

A second officer arrived to help take Stough into custody. Stough resisted arrest, and during the struggle, he put his car in reverse with the driver's door still open, police said. He accelerated backwards, trapping the second officer between the door and the car. 

According to police, Stough continued driving in reverse and "propelled the officer violently into a parked police vehicle." 

The first officer opened fire. Stough put the car in drive and traveled toward the officer who was firing at him, police said, before being fatally wounded.  

Family members said Saturday they weren't sure why Stough was at the church parking lot, but his father speculated his son might have been out drinking in the area. Stough might have tried to stay with some family who lived near the church, but then tried to "sleep it off" in the parking lot. 

This story is the result of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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