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Suspect Killed After Injuring Game Warden [UPDATE]

A standoff ended Saturday when a knife-wielding man was shot by State Police. Police have now released the names of those involved in the incident.

Police were called to a location off Route 116 in Chester mid morning Saturday to the report of a man in his mid 30’s walking along the road with a knife. State police, negotiators, members of a tactical team, and at least one game warden responded. Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a press release that, at one point, a game warden was cut by the knife, but the injury wasn’t serious.

McCausland released the names of those involved on Sunday morning. Shad Gerken, age 34 of Woodville is the man fatally shot by police at around 6pm Saturday. Three members of the State Police tactical team involved in the shooting; Sgt Nicholas Grass, Sgt Donald Shead, and Detective Gregory Mitchell, have all been placed on administrative leave with pay which is standard procedure following a police involved shooting. The Game Warden who sustained a superficial cut on his hand as he tried to restrain Gerken early in the standoff is Sgt Ronald Dunham.

The entire incident is being investigated by the Attorney General’s office. Police returned to the scene this morning, which is about 100 feet into the woods off Route 116.

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