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New Hero Search Derek Kotecki - Oct. 12, 2011 (27824)

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Lower Burrell Police Department Patch
Resided: Lower Burrell (Westmoreland County)
PA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Oct. 12, 2011
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 40 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Lower Burrell Police Dept.
Lower Burrell, PA   USA
County: Westmoreland
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Badge: 27
On The Job: 18 years
Bio: Not Available
Survived by:
Wife
and two children.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Lower Burrell, PA   USA   Wed. Oct. 12, 2011
Summary: Patrolman Derek Kotecki was shot and killed while investigating reports of a wanted man at a local fast food restaurant. The man was wanted for a shooting ten days earlier and for threatening police officers during the previous week.

The subject was hiding by laying in the back seat of his SUV. As Patrolman Kotecki and his canine, Odin, approached, the man suddenly sat up opened fire from a distance of about 10 feet. Patrolman Kotecki was struck in the head, abdomen, and left arm.

The man then fled, but was confronted by other officers as he attempted to climb a fence behind the restaurant. He was killed during an exchange of shots with the responding officers.

K9 Odin was uninjured but had to be muzzled after refusing to leave Patrolman Kotecki's side.

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