KNOXVILLE – A Knoxville man was shot dead by an unidentified Elkland Borough police officer following a high speed pursuit along Route 49 early this morning.
State Police in Mansfield say 28-year-old Brian David Elwood fled from police after an Elkland Borough police officer attempted to stop him. Elwood then led the officer on a high speed chase along Route 49, eventually continuing onto Cummings Creek Road, Buckbee Road, Croft Hill Road, Bailey Hill Road, and back onto Route 49 before Gee Hollow and Shepherd Creek Road. The chase entered into Nelson, Farmington and Lawrence Townships.
Police say Elwood lost control of his 2002 Saturn SL on Shepherd Creek Road and came to a stop. When confronted by the pursuing Elkland Borough police officer, Elwood allegedly rammed the front of the officer’s patrol car. The police officer then exited his SUV and ordered Elwood from his vehicle, at which point police say Elwood refused to comply and drove his car towards the officer, causing the officer to discharge his service pistol, fatally wounding Elwood.
Police say an investigation into the matter continues, and no further information will be released at this time.
PSP were assisted at the scene by the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office, Lawrenceville Fire Department and Nelson Fire Department.