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After Pleading No Contest to Pennsylvania Shooting a Police Officer, Man Sentenced up to 30 Years in Prison

Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. (Photo: CBS News)

Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. (Photo: Daily Voice)

A Bucks County man was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison last week after pleading no contest to Pennsylvania shooting a police chief in 2021.

Colin Petroziello, 26, of Yardley, pleaded no contest to attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other charges.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but rather an acceptance of the defendant’s conviction based on evidence.

Petroziello is accused of firing a shotgun at Yardley Police Chief Joseph Kelly during an offender check at the Yardley Commons Condominiums on August 18, 2021.

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Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. (Photo: WFMZ)

The Pennsylvania shooting incident injured the chief’s hand and ear. The parole officer conducted an offender check at the accused’s condominium and reported a domestic disturbance.

When Kelly arrived at the scene of the domestic disturbance, Petroziello allegedly fired a 12-gauge shotgun through the front door.

Furthermore, Petroziello barricaded himself inside his apartment with his mother after shooting the chief. His mother called the police more than an hour after the standoff to report that her son had fallen asleep. She then threw the shotgun out a window and left the house.

According to police, an emergency response team broke into the house and arrested Petroziello.

Petroziello was also accused of having a loaded.45-caliber handgun and a second loaded magazine.

The Pennsylvania shooting was tagged as attempted homicide of a police officer, attempted murder on two counts, aggravated assault on six counts, assault on a police officer, and other offenses.

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