Police: Officer shot suspect

A shooting of a man by Altoona police on Monday morning remains under investigation.

Altoona police Lt. Jeffrey Pratt said that an officer shot a man at about 4:30 a.m. Monday in an alley off Fourth Street, between Fourth and Fifth avenues. He said that officer has been placed on desk duty pending an investigation of the incident by state police.

“To avoid the appearance of impropriety, we contacted the state police to do the investigation,” Pratt said, deferring all other questions to the state police.

According to the state police, the officer, who has not been named, encountered the unnamed man in the alley and fired one shot. State police said the man was shot in the upper body and taken to Altoona Regional with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was not injured.

Neighbors said they didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary until police swarmed a parking lot adjacent to the alley.

A resident who lives next to the alley who asked not to be named, said the gun shot woke him with a start.

“It sounded like a building exploded,” the resident said. He said he walked outside as several Altoona police cars arrived at the scene and saw the man lying in the alley.

The man said he

didn’t know the circumstances behind the shooting but said he heard bath salts, also known as Blizzard, may have been involved.

“It was scary,” the resident said.

The Troop G major case unit is conducting the investigation, state police said. Officers were at the scene Monday to collect evidence and interview people.