York police mistake man for shooting suspect still at large, find drugs instead

03/30/2014 1:16 PM

03/31/2014 10:04 AM

Police found drugs after chasing down a York man they mistook for a shooting suspect, according to a York police report.

Officers captured a 21-year-old man who matched the description of a different man, 23, currently being sought by the York County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a shooting on March 22.

The suspect in the shooting case, William Dewayne White, has not been located. According to a separate incident report, White allegedly shot a 26-year-old man in the back near King Road and Silver Creek Drive in York before driving away in a car.

According to the report, police were sent to Galilean Road in York early Tuesday morning after receiving notice of someone matching the suspect’s description. When officers approached the 21-year-old man, he ran away from them.

After a foot chase, police handcuffed the man and searched him for weapons or identification, the report states. The man identified himself by his name and police compared his face to a photo of the suspect and realized he was not White.

But officers then noticed a bag of marijuana and a lighter on the ground where the chase had begun. Inside were 10 individually wrapped baggies of the drug totaling 18 grams, according to the report.

Officers released the man and sent the bag for fingerprint identification.

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