Harmony Township police are searching for a suspect who shot a patrolman early Wednesday in the township.
A description was shared to Ambridge Connection by state police that the suspect 5'10" to 6'0" light skinned black male, very skinny with beginning of dreadlocks or plaits and seen in a hooded sweatshirt with white writing on it.
Officer Alan Loskoch was the wounded officer who was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Officer Loskoch was wearing a protective vest when he and the suspect exchanged gunfire about 3:45 a.m. and he was hit in the chest. The male suspect also may have been wounded because the officer returned several rounds of fire, officials said.
"What appeared to be a routine low-level kind of thing escalated real fast, and thank God that he had safety equipment on that he did and he is still alive" said Berosh.
Loskoch initially approached the suspect because he seemed "suspicious," but additional details weren't immediately known. Police, including state police, sheriff's deputies, and area local police, started using K-9 officers to search the area, including going home to home.
The Ambridge Area School District re-routed buses Wednesday morning because the roads were blocked from 24th Street to Beaver and Harmony in Harmony Township. There will be no bus service for students in that area.
The district has also canceled the elementary schools classes and put the Senior High School and Junior High School on lockdown.
Berosh shared that the search range has been expanded and that "the search will go on as long as they have to."
" Get a hold of any local police department if you hear anything or know anything"
A reward of up to $15,000 for information that leads to the arrest and or conviction of the individual is being offered from the Beaver County Crime Stoppers and District Attorney Office. at (724) 773 -7400.
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