Two Pennsylvania Lawmakers Involved In Shoot-Out With Robbers Near Capitol
A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Reps. Marty Flynn (D-Scranton) and Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) were approached by two gunmen with bandanas covering their faces about 11:00 p.m. near the state capital of Harrisburg, Capitolwire reported.
[su_center_ad]The two males allegedly accosted the two legislators and demanded their wallets, police said.
Flynn, a former Lackawanna County prison guard, is licensed to carry a handgun. He drew his pistol and fired during the attempted holdup.
At least one of the two would-be robbers was armed, police said, but no one was injured.
It remained unclear who fired first and how many shots were fired, but the two crooks held them at gunpoint from a few feet away and a third suspect watched from a vehicle, according to the Daily News.
Harrisburg police reportedly arrested four juveniles between the ages of 15 and 17 who are being prosecuted as adults, and authorities said they recovered the gun used in the crime.
Bill Patton, a spokesman for the House Democrats said in a statement that after the exchange of gunfire, the attackers and victims ran in different directions.
Flynn and Bizzarro returned to the residence about four blocks from the Capitol that they share when the Legislature is in session. They called 911 and Flynn turned over his weapon to police, according to the statement.
“We are used to fighting for the people in our districts every day,” Flynn said in the statement. “We certainly are going to stand up for ourselves and not become victims.”
Police will hold a news conference later Wednesday.
Flynn and Bizzarro were walking to midtown after escorting two female representatives back to the Capitol following dinner before the incident occurred.
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