Attempted homicide charges pending in shooting at Coatesville police

Andre Fiorentino of Coatesville faces charges.
Andre Fiorentino of Coatesville faces charges.
Posted: November 26, 2013

COATESVILLE A Coatesville man will be charged with attempted homicide after shooting at two police officers early Saturday, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office.

The officers, who returned shots and struck the man, were not wounded. The District Attorney's Office has determined the officers were justified in shooting 32-year-old Andre Fiorentino.

Officers said they saw Fiorentino, known as "Needles," looking in windows of parked cars on the 700 block of Merchant Street around 1 a.m. Saturday. When they approached and asked him for identification, he reached toward his waistband, "raising the suspicion that he was reaching for a gun," District Attorney Tom Hogan said in statement issued Sunday.

The release gave the following account:

One officer pulled out a Taser, at which point Fiorentino pulled out a gun and fired two shots at the officers.

The officers returned fire, striking Fiorentino several times. Fiorentino continued reaching for his gun, yelling: "You pigs can't kill me."

He was taken to Paoli Hospital, and was reported in stable condition.

"Given the defendant's conduct, the defendant was lucky he was not killed and Chester County is lucky that two police officers are not dead," Hogan said.

The firearm Fiorentino left at the scene was reported stolen last year in Johnstown, Pa., officials said. While in the ambulance, the officers found Fiorentino in possession of a second gun with a live round in the chamber, according to the statement from Hogan's office.

Fiorentino, who will be charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and illegal possession of a firearm, had been convicted of armed robbery in Coatesville.

The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified, but one served four years in the Marine Corps and 16 years with the Pennsylvania State Police before joining the Coatesville force. The other served in the Marine Corps for 14 years and was deployed on four combat tours before joining the Police Department.


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