Police & Fire

Flags Fly at Half-Mast, No Name Released in LP Shooting

The flags outside of the Lower Providence Township and Police Administration buildings is lowered to half-mast in honor of the fallen officer. No name has yet been released. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
Flags outside the Lower Providence Community Library, as well as Fire Department, were lowered, as well. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
No one is manning the administrative offices of the Lower Providence Township Police Department Thursday. Administrators at the township building were unsure when it would reopen. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy

If you stop by the Lower Providence Police Department today, you will notice no one is manning the front desk. In fact, the administrative offices were closed for the day. Repeated calls and emails to LPPD Chief Francis “Bud” Carroll have remained unreturned. No name has yet been released for the victim of the self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday.

As previously reported by LP TAP, a 45-year-old male, who according to Rep. Mike Vereb and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, was a police officer with LPPD, was found around 2:33 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the LPPD/Lower Providence Township Building. He was sitting in a green, Chevy Trailblazer, having committed an apparent suicide.

The man was pronounced dead and the scene and removed by the Montgomery County Coroner. For a full update on the news from the incident, review the following articles:

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as they appeared yesterday (Aug. 27) on LP TAP.

As of Thursday, no additional information has been made available, neither via the county nor the township. When officials at the township building were asked of the status, no update was available. The officials were also unsure of a reopening date or time for the police department, but did report it would be closed through Thursday.

Throughout the township Thursday, the flags are flying at half-mast. Municipally-operated buildings such as the Township Building, Police Administrative Offices (backside), Lower Providence Community Library and the Lower Providene Fire Company all had flags lowered to honor the victim.

To stay informed on the incident, check in to LP TAP here or “Like” our Facebook page here to stay up to date with local news about the Lower Providence Township and surrounding area. Additionally, you may follow us here on Twitter @LP TAP.

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