Update: DA Names Suspect Killed in Friday Incident

POTTSTOWN PA – A man who was killed Friday (April 10, 2020) shortly after 8:20 p.m. in a residence on the 300 block of West King Street in the borough, as Pottstown Police Department officers reportedly attempted to defend themselves against his gunfire, has been identified by Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele as 31-year-old Jonathan Lee Adams.

Police said Adams shot at them repeatedly with a handgun as he came down a set of stairs inside 313 W. King St., where he lived with his girlfriend. Uniformed officers had arrived at the location in response to 9-1-1 calls, said they identified themselves as police before entering, and once inside ordered Adams to drop a weapon he brandished.

Instead, according to Police Chief Michael Markovich, Adams began shooting and police returned fire.

Names of the two officers involved are not being released at this time, Steele stated in a media release. Members of the county Detective Bureau are continuing their active investigation of the officer-involved shootings, as county protocol requires, he added.

Adams was unable to legally possess a firearm, Steele said. The gun recovered, a Glock-brand 9mm firearm, was legally registered to Adams’ girlfriend.

An autopsy and toxicological examination was scheduled for Sunday morning (today, April 12). Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Detectives Bureau at 610-278-3368.

  • Read an earlier story, published Saturday by The Post, below.

Pottstown Police Return Fire; Suspect Killed

POTTSTOWN PA – An armed man whose name has not yet been released was killed Friday (April 10, 2020) after he opened fire with a handgun on Pottstown Police Department officers, who were responding at about 8:20 p.m. to emergency calls in the 300 block of West King Street, police Chief Michael Markovich reported. The man was struck by bullets as police returned fire to defend themselves, the chief indicated.

Despite what were described as the officers’ attempts at “life-saving efforts,” the subject was taken to Pottstown Hospital and later pronounced dead.

The man’s name is being withheld until family members can be notified, the chief said. Officers involved, per department operating procedures, have been “placed on paid administrative leave” pending an investigation into the incident, he added. As with other officer-involved shootings, the investigation will be conducted by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and its Detective Bureau.

According to the chief’s description of the incident:

“Pottstown Police Officers responded to the 300 block of West King Street in the Borough of Pottstown for a report of neighbors fighting. There were three separate 9-1-1 calls placed by different callers. They stated that they could hear someone yelling and screaming, and it had been going on for at least 10 minutes. One caller thought it sounded like the subject needed an ambulance. Another caller believed the subject was drunk and was trying to fight her husband.”

“When officers arrived they were directed to 313 W. King St., where they found an open front door. Officers knocked and announced themselves as Pottstown police officers several times. The officers were in full uniform.”

“When they entered the house, the subject was at the top of the stairs holding a handgun. The subject pointed the gun at the officers. Officers commanded the subject to drop the gun several times. The subject fired at the officers and the officers returned fire.”

“Officers then retreated into the next room and the subject began coming down the steps and fired at the officers again. Officers again returned fire, striking the subject and he fell to the ground.”

“Officers began life saving efforts until EMS arrived. The subject was taken to Pottstown Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

Any further information, Markovich said, “will come from the District Attorney’s Office.”

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