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What Carlisle, PA police described as a “violent domestic attack” ended Saturday night when an officer shot and wounded a Perry County man, according to the department.

Mayor Kirk Wilson said 24-year-old Robert B. Scheib of Windy Hill Road, Shermans Dale, was driving recklessly through the Carlisle Commons shopping center parking lot with a woman on the hood and windshield of his van.

Scheib was shot after repeatedly ramming an occupied Carlisle Police cruiser, refusing police orders to exit his vehicle and trying to flee the scene, Wilson said. He was transported to Hershey Medical Center where he is recovering today from a single gunshot wound to his upper torso.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Sunday afternoon that Scheib was there but said she was not giving out any information on him at that time.

Wilson said the 30-year-old woman, of Glenview Circle, Dillsburg, suffered leg injuries, but refused medical treatment.

“After interviewing numerous witnesses and police officers, it is my opinion that Police Corporal David Miller used the force necessary to ensure the safety of police, as well as the many people in the parking lot,” Wilson said. “The incident remains under investigation by Carlisle Police, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Cumberland County forensic team. Criminal charges will be filed against Scheib later this week.”

According to Wilson, Cumberland County 911 received a call around 10:15 p.m. Saturday from a 10-year-old boy inside Scheib’s van. The child stated that his mother was on the hood of her boyfriend’s van that he was driving around the parking lot and trying to break the windshield from inside with his fists and then a screwdriver.

When police arrived Scheib was driving around the back of the shopping complex, Wilson said. When Scheib came to the front of the Wal-Mart store, police blocked him with a cruiser in front of his van and one behind it.

Wilson said Scheib then refused police orders to turn off the vehicle and get out of the van. Instead he backed up and intentionally rammed the occupied police car repeatedly. During this time, the woman was still on the hood of the vehicle, Wilson said, with her hand reportedly caught between the windshield and the hood.

The mayor said Miller exited his damaged cruiser and approached the driver’s door from behind. Officer Christopher Collare unsuccessfully attempted to subdue Scheib with a Taser through an open window.

According to Wilson, “ignoring repeated demands by police to surrender, Scheib tried to flee” with the woman now off the hood but in front of the van. “That was when Miller, fearing for his safety, that of other police officers and a large number bystanders in the busy parking lot, fired one shot.”

Wilson said Miller and Collare will be on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is complete and have completed critical incident stress counseling.
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