Unclear if man who killed Pa. officer shot self

October 14, 2011 - 11:51 AM
Police Officer Killed

This 2005 photo provided by the Westmoreland County Prison shows Charles Post. Post allegedly shot and killed Lower Burrell police officer Derek Kotecki at an ice cream shop in Lower Burrell, Pa. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Westmoreland County Prison)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A coroner says a man who fatally shot a western Pennsylvania police officer was himself shot in the head, chest and abdomen.

But Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha (BATCH'-ah) says more investigation is needed to determine which, if any, of those wounds found on 33-year-old Charles Post was self-inflicted.

Authorities say Post shot Lower Burrell police Officer Derek Kotecki on Wednesday night. Post was wanted for attempted murder in another shooting earlier this month.

District Attorney John Peck says Kotecki was among the first officers to arrive at a Dairy Queen where police expected to arrest Post, who had been on the run since an Oct. 2 shooting. Instead, Peck says Post shot Kotecki before other officers fired at Post who, some officers say, also turned his gun on himself.