Man arrested after York officer injured during robbery investigation

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 16, 2014 

Rodney Lamar Howell

A York Police officer was injured early Friday morning when a man hit his patrol car, pinning him between the car's door and his vehicle, Police Chief Andy Robinson said. The officer fired at the vehicle as it fled the scene.

The incident happened while officers were on scene of a suspected robbery at Forest Brook Apartments around 5:30 a.m. As police arrived, they were notified by emergency dispatch workers that shots had been fired at the apartment complex, Robinson said.

Shortly after officers arrived, a vehicle with no headlights was seen leaving the scene. A York officer exited his car and tried to stop the driver who was leaving, Robinson said.

After his car was hit by the driver and he was injured, the officer fired at the vehicle. It's unclear whether the driver of the car was injured.

The driver left the apartment complex and threw a gun out of the car's window, Robinson said. Officers later picked up the weapon.

Later, another York officer arrested the man near California and Congress streets. Police believe the arrested driver is a victim of the early-morning robbery at Forest Brook.

York Police have charged Rodney Lamar Howell, 30, of Hickory Grove with attempted murder of the injured police officer, Robinson said. Other charges are pending.

The robbery, Robinson said, involved three men who beat up Howell and attacked a woman who lived at the apartment complex. The unidentified suspects demanded money and drugs, and got away with cash.

Police believe someone jumped out of a second story window and shots were fired at that time, he said.

Authorities have not arrested the suspected robbers. Officers are still investigating, Robinson said.

The injured police officer was treated by EMS and released.

Robinson said the robbery does not appear to be "random" but a "targeted robbery."

York County Forensic Services are assisting in the investigation and the State Law Enforcement Division will investigate the shots fired at the driver who was leaving the apartment complex. SLED review of officer-involved shootings is a standard police procedure in South Carolina.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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