Man Beats Wife, Shoots at Police, Sets House on Fire
January 6, 2009, 6:20 pm
Only rubble remains of two homes, destroyed by mayhem early Tuesday morning. CLICK FOR VIDEO A body was recovered this afternoon, it's believed to be that of the suspect who started Tuesday's incident.
It all started Tuesday morning, when a woman walked into the Erie police department, and said she was assaulted by her husband.
So Erie police responded to their home, at 1354 West 25th Street. When police arrive, the suspect, 42 year old Robert Daniels, shot at police, firing rounds into a cruiser.
Police say Daniels fired several shots, anywhere from 20 to 30 rounds were fired in the neighborhood, hitting buildings in the area as well.
Erie Police say no officers fired a shot back.
About an hour after Daniels fired these shots, his home caught fire.
The Erie police department SWAT team was called in.
Erie fire departments also responded, but fire fighters couldn't battle the blaze, as the scene was not secure. Police say Daniels was spotted outside of his home at least once during the shooting, and police weren't sure where he was.
So, fire fighters were forced to watch the home burn, destroying the home next door as well.
A state police helicopter was also called in, to use infrared technology to assist police in finding Daniels.
"Due to the fact that we were not aware of the exact presence of the suspect, we did in fact set up a perimeter." Our SWAT team was called in as well as the Sheriff's department and State Police. Their helicopter was utilized and the area was swept with infrared system to see if maybe the suspect was in the area. And yes, we were concerned about fire fighter safety. So before we allowed them in to put that fire out we had to make sure the area was secure." Said Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin.
A body was recovered in the home around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon. It is believed to be that of the suspects, but further tests will have to confirm that.