One of the highest ranking members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was one of two deputies who shot and killed an armed suspect in a domestic violence hostage incident last week at a Lancaster County store, police said.
Maj. Matt Shaw, 37, a deputy since 2001 who for years has been the sheriff’s office public information officer among other duties as part of Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile’s command staff, was one of the officers who fired a weapon, according to a statement Faile released Friday.
The other deputy is Brad Whitesides, 31, a detective who has been with the department for 10 years.
Both Shaw and Whitesides are on administrative leave while state agents investigate the shooting incident.
Several deputies responded to the Carolina Corner store on U.S. 521 north of Lancaster May 28. Darrell Morgan, 60, a Lancaster County pastor, allegedly had three people, one of them his wife, in harm’s way when he pointed the gun he was holding at deputies, Faile and State Law Enforcement agents have said.
Morgan was killed when the officers shot him after he pointed the gun at them, police have said.
In a statement Faile said, “The sheriff’s office and our personnel continue to cooperate with SLED in its investigation. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Morgan family. We are also following our post-event protocol to ensure the well-being of all our officers involved in this traumatic incident.”
The SLED investigation continues but there is no timetable for completion, said Thom Berry, SLED spokesman.