Suspect arrested after police chief shot during standoff in Yardley, Pennsylvania

Colin Petroziello is facing attempted murder charges in the shooting of Yardley Borough Police Chief Joseph Kelly.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021
Suspect arrested after police chief shot during standoff in Yardley
A suspect accused of opening fire on a Yardley Borough police chief during a standoff situation Wednesday is now in police custody.

YARDLEY, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A suspect accused of shooting a Yardley Borough police chief during a standoff situation Wednesday is now in custody.

The incident began around 11 a.m. at the Yardley Commons complex along the area of South Main Street.

Police say a probation officer had arrived to the location to check on Colin Petroziello. But the officer soon had to call Yardley police for assistance. Officials say it's not unusual for Chief Joe Kelly to respond to calls personally because it's such a small department.

Yardley Borough Police Chief Joseph Kelly.

At some point during the incident, Petroziello opened fire on Chief Kelly, according to investigators.

Lower Makefield Police Chief Ken Coluzzi said Kelly was hit by a shotgun blast that injured his hand and ear.

Raw video: Officials said the police chief was shot Wednesday during a standoff in Yardley, Pa.

Chief Kelly was taken to St. Mary Medical Center where he was listed in good condition. Coluzzi said Kelley was "extremely lucky to be alive."

Meanwhile, a SWAT team surrounded the condominium complex to get Petroziello to surrender. Residents were told to shelter in place, motorists and pedestrians were urged to avoid the area.

The standoff ended late in the afternoon after SWAT teams used a flashbang to help bring Petroziello into custody.

Colin Petroziello arriving for his arraignment in Bucks County after allegedly shooting a police chief on Aug. 18, 2021.

"From what I understand, he was unconscious at the time we breached the door," said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub.

Only Action News was there as Petroziello was escorted before Magisterial Court Judge Joseph Falcone Wednesday night. He had nothing to say.

Petroziello is described in an affidavit of probable cause as a "person with a history of mental issues" and "one who poses a significant threat to the community."

He is being charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

Police have arrested a suspect after the Yardley Borough police chief was shot multiple times during a standoff on Wednesday.

Kelly has been the police chief in Yardley since 2015 and was an officer across the river in New Jersey prior to serving the Bucks County community. He is continuing his recovery in the hospital.

"The luckiest person today is Chief Joseph Kelly," said Weintraub.