BROOMALL– Chief Tom Murray released a statment on mid-morning Monday regarding a shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, Feb. 26, on the 2900 block of Dorman Avenue in Broomall.
According to the statement, on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., Marple police responded to the 2900 block of Dorman Avenue for reports of a domestic incident involving gun shots fired.
Upon responding to the incident, police received information that the shooter–identified as Matthew Cook, 24, of Media, and the ex-boyfriend of the complainant–had fled the scene on foot.
According to the statement, officers from the also responded to the call and immediately checked the surrounding area for Cook, while Marple officers went to the scene to ensure
that no one was injured.
Marple police found the weapon on the front steps of the home, which was identified as a stolen Ruger 9mm handgun, according to the statement. Newtown police were able to quickly locate Cook, who was taken into custody without incident.
Upon further investigation by Marple Sgt. Tony Colgan and members of the second platoon, it was determined that Cook had arrived at his ex-girlfriend's home and began banging on the door.
According to the statement, when the ex-girlfriend came to the door she saw that Cook raise his hands and realized he had a gun. The woman immediately retreated into the bathroom and dialed 911 for help, according to the statement.
Murray stated that a neighbor who had observed the disturbance from a distance and witnessed the shot being fired approached the subject with his own firearm drawn and ordered the subject to drop his gun.
After repeatedly telling the subject to drop the gun, according to the statement, Cook finally complied and then fled on foot when he was apprehended by Newtown police.
Cook has been charged with criminal attempt of homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats with the intention to terrorize another, possession of instruments of a crime with intent, prohibitive offensive weapons, firearms not to be carried without a license, and receiving stolen property.
According to Murray, Cook will be arraigned on Monday afternoon. Cook faces another preliminary hearing for a separate incident involving threatening/harassment language on March 1 at 8:30 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge David Lang in .