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Man shot twice by state police

Published May 06. 2011 05:00PM

The Schuylkill County man that was shot to death by state police as they entered his home, which was believed to be a methamphetamine manufacturing facility, sustained two fatal gunshot wounds according to the county coroner.

Jeffrey A. Wolfe, 56, of 6 Blue Mountain Heights, Wayne Township, was shot twice in the chest and suffered a perforated lung, coroner Joseph E. Lipsett said. He ruled the death a homicide.

Lipsett also reported that the autopsy, performed by Dr. Richard Bindie, forensic pathologist, revealed Wolfe had unspecified controlled substances in his system. Additional toxicology tests will pinpoint what kind, Lipsett added.

State police went to Wolfe's home Wednesday morning armed with a search warrant. They suspected the house was being used as a methamphetamine manufacturing lab. After the shooting an inspection of the home confirmed it was being used to produce illegal substances.

Wolfe died in the bedroom of the home. He allegedly had a 12-gauge shotgun when members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) entered the home.

Troopers went to the home about 6 a.m. In addition to members of the SERT unit there were several other troopers and a tactical medic that accompanies SERT units. After knocking on the door and identifying themselves as police and that they had a search warrant, the troopers entered the home and were confronted by Wolfe with the gun.

After the home was secured troopers found another loaded weapon and a large quantity of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The trooper who shot Wolfe is on administrative leave which is required by state police policy.

Schuylkill County District Attorney James Goodman will investigate the shooting and determine if it was justified.

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