On Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at approximately 8:30pm, Pope County Sheriff's Deputies responded to assist Atkins and Pottsville Police Department officers for a reported domestic disturbance with a possible armed suspect in the 1600 block of Avenue 3NE in Atkins.
On their arrival, officers located the residence and reported shots being fired from inside the home. After a short time, officers on scene placed a male suspect into custody who exited the front of the home. While placing the suspect into custody, an explosion from inside the residence knocked officers to the ground and a fire ignited inside the residence. Thankfully, all officers involved received only minor injuries from the blast.
The suspect is being held in the Pope County Detention Center awaiting arraignment and formal charges.
Sheriff Jones stated, "The teamwork and cooperation of all officers and departments involved resulted in a positive outcome for an incident that could have proven much more dangerous or deadly."