Three Fatally Shot During Supervisors Meeting in Ross Township, Monroe County
On the evening of Monday, Aug. 5, a disgruntled resident began firing shots during a meeting of the Ross Township Board of Supervisors in Monroe County, reportedly targeting the three supervisors and the township solicitor. David Fleetwood, 62, the township's zoning officer and also a supervisor for Chestnuthill Township, was one of three people fatally shot that night.
Like all of our member townships, PSATS is shocked and saddened by the news of these shootings. "Local officials have long been called the foot soldiers of democracy," PSATS Executive Director David Sanko said upon learning the news. "They are on the front lines, protecting their communities and the health and safety of their residents. Sometimes, the front line is a dangerous place. Tonight is one of those nights. Danger, while rare, is at times the price of public service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
Residents Gerard J. Kozic, 53, and James V. LaGuardia, 64, both died at the scene. Fleetwood died after being transported to a hospital. This article from the Pocono Record gives an account of the events that began around 7:19 p.m.