Police shoot and kill gunman on Route 22 after chase

DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A Johnstown man was fatally shot by Pennsylvania State Police on Route 22 in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, after a high-speed chase that began in Richland Township, Cambria County.

The police chase reached speeds of 100 mph on Highway 22.

“He was driving over 22 at high speed and that’s a huge concern because we’re worried about people driving over 22, a lot of people over 22 at this time of day,” said Private Steve Limani, of Pennsylvania State Police Police A. public information officer.

Limani said troopers were told Krysten Pretlor, 35, of Johnstown, was armed with a handgun and was wanted on a felony charge in relation to a domestic violence incident in Richland Township on Thursday afternoon . He said when Richland Township police encountered Pretlor, he led them on a chase.

Police shot and killed Krysten Pretlor after a chase ended in an exchange of gunfire on Highway 22 in Westmoreland County on November 3, 2022.

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He said the soldiers tried to apprehend Pretlor, who was in possession of a gun, but he did not comply with their requests and the officers discharged their weapons.

“At that time, we tried to give him some requests,” Limani said. “Unfortunately it escalated into gunfire very quickly and subsequently he was killed.”

Soldiers said they could not say whether Pretlor fired his gun until the investigation was complete.

“We were outside and all of a sudden we heard a huge bang and then a big crash and then we heard several gunshots after that,” said London Dolan, who lives just off Route 22.

Dolan said the gunshots scared her and her children.

“We ran back down the hill and saw the incident. We came back inside and locked the doors because we didn’t feel safe,” Dolan said.

Pretlor had a long criminal past. He pleaded guilty to shooting and injuring a man in the borough of Dale, Cambria County, in December 2016.

State police said that, in accordance with its policy, the soldier or soldiers involved will be placed in administrative duties while the shooting is investigated.

“It’s one of the worst things for a police officer to have to be involved in such a horrific event, the loss of life is a disgrace and sadly that’s the situation we found ourselves in,” said the Private Limani.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop A Major Case Team is investigating the incident in conjunction with the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office and the Richland Township Police Department.

Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli released a statement that said in part, “This investigation is ongoing. I will await the full and complete investigation report. After a thorough and impartial review of the evidence, I I will make a legal determination as to the use of force.”