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Officer shot in Cumberland County; Carlisle man dies in shooting with police

Police say while attempting to serve a warrant on Roger Wayne Ellis, 54, of Carlisle, he exchanged gunfire with police before being shot and killed.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — A Carlisle man is dead after exchanging gunfire with police who were attempting to arrest him with a warrant in North Middleton Township on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred in the first block of Brittney Drive in North Middleton Township around 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 16. 

Authorities said at that time, members of North Middleton Township Police Department, Newville Borough Police Department, and Camp Hill Police Department responded to the area to serve an arrest warrant on Roger Wayne Ellis, 54, of Carlisle. 

Police said that Ellis had an active arrest warrant for fleeing and eluding police, as well as multiple other warrants.

Officials say that officers verified that Ellis was in the residence and obtained consent from the homeowner before entering.

Even after identifying themselves as law enforcement officials, authorities say Ellis refused commands to exit the home, produced a handgun, and shot a North Middleton Township Police officer at close range inside the residence, striking the officer in their bullet proof vest. 

Authorities say they retreated and established a perimeter around the residence when Ellis came toward the officer he had just shot, still armed with a handgun.

At that time, the officer shot Ellis, who officers rendered aid to at the scene, officials say.

Police say the officer is expected to make a full recovery after being treated and released at the hospital for his injuries.

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