Penn College police officer recovering after shooting

Williamsport, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania College of Technology Police officer was shot and wounded while responding to an incident in the 1000 block of Vine Avenue, just off the main campus in Williamsport, around 12:15 a.m. today (April 27).

Officer William T. Chubb is in stable condition in Williamsport Hospital following surgery for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The shooting suspect, Robert Eugene Johnson III, 19, was taken into custody in the Lewisburg area around 4:30 this morning after an intensive search by personnel from numerous area law-enforcement agencies, including Penn College, Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Old Lycoming, Montoursville, South Williamsport, Lewisburg, East Buffalo Township, Mifflinburg, and state police, as well as the U.S. Marshals Office.

Johnson, who initially provided a New Jersey photo identification to police, lists a West Third Street Williamsport address. He was arraigned this morning before District Justice James G. Carn and faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, providing false identification to law-enforcement authorities, resisting arrest, escape, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said: "We are pleased that Officer Chubb is responding well. We continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts. We thank Chief Chris Miller and all the Penn College Police, as well as area law-enforcement agencies who worked together to bring the matter to a swift conclusion early this morning. We also thank our students and our neighbors for their cooperation and support throughout the incident."

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State University, committed to applied technology education. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in Penn College's bachelor-degree, associate-degree and certificate majors, which combine hands-on experience with theory and management education. For more information on Penn College, visit

Last Updated March 19, 2009