It is an usual site to see several satellite trucks parked in the lot of the Lower Providence Community Library, but at least five network television vans just cleared the area of the Lower Providence Township Building after they were told there would be no press conference on camera.
Instead, an official for the county delivered hard-copy press releases to those awaiting word on the incident. Around 2:30 p.m., a shooting was reported, but no one had heard anything since. The press release, from Lower Providence Police Chief Francis “Bud” Carroll, read the following:
“At approximately 2:33 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, Lower Providence Police dispatch was notified of an incident that occurred in the lower level parking lot of the Police Administration and Township Building, located at 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville.
Responding officers located a 45-year-old male subject in a sports utility vehicle (SUV) that was parked in the lower lot with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time, the name of the victim is being withheld pending notifications to family members.
This incident is still under investigation. A follow-up release will be provided.
Lower Providence Township Police were assisted at the scene by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.”
Family members arrived at the scene at 4:04 p.m. to meet with police. They were greeted with hugs and many saddened faces at the scene.
By 4:15 p.m., a large, white Montgomery County Coroner’s van pulled out with the body of the deceased on a stretcher. The SUV was covered with a white tarp, and the body nor the windshield could be seen.
At 4:40 p.m., a truck from DeWane’s Garage towed a green, Chevy Trailblazer from the rear lot. The windshield remained covered with a white tarp. An additional dark green tarp covered the remained of the vehicle. Only its front end could be seen aboard the flatbed.
Two brown paper bags were removed from the tapped off areas with unknown contents. Photos were taken, and the Lower Providence Emergency Services supplied two ambulances, which remained on stand-by at the scene.
No more information was made available at the scene, though several residents were on hand watching the events unfold. Some stated that the victim may in fact be a Lower Providence Police officer, but no such information has been confirmed by official sources.
TAP Into Lower Providence will remain on top of this story and provide additional information as it is made available.