Suspected serial burglar shot dead

September 11, 2009 9:17:02 PM PDT
A suspected serial burglar is dead tonight after leading police on a brief pursuit that ended in gunfire. The incident happened along route 611 at route 413 in Plumstead Township just before 6:30 p.m.

Police found a man they've been looking for nearly a month.

The man, identified as 45-year-old Jonathan Mitchell Fineman. His last address is unknown. He is believed to have lived in one of a number of stolen vehicles, according to police.

Shortly after encountering him, he fled down 611and police pursued. According to police, Fineman rammed into two police cars before attempting to flee on foot.

Fineman had reported to have stolen a 9mm handgun, police took no chances.

"At about 6:06, the suspect apparently turned and grabbed something from his waistband, turned toward the police officer and the police officer apparently fired one shot which ultimately killed the suspect," 1st Assistant District Attorney David Zellis said.

Zellis says Fineman was terrorizing the neighborhoods by committing burlgaries and stealing people's cars.

Fineman was declared armed and dangerous. Police say he was armed with industrial scissors and that is what it appears he was pulling out of his waistband before he was shot.

The two officers, age 40 and 34, were not seriously injured and are being placed on adminstrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.


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