Former assistant DA shot by police during standoff

MILTON — A former Lycoming County assistant district attorney was shot and killed by Milton State Police troopers following a standoff in Northumberland County last Friday.

State troopers allegedly responded to a 911 hang-up call at around 4 p.m. Friday, according to Corporal Jonathan Wooster.

William Kradlak Jr., 70, allegedly exited his residence at 7720 Route 44 in Delaware Township, and after a brief standoff, fired on the troopers.

“Troopers returned fire, fatally wounding Kradlak,” Wooster said.

A joint investigation is being conducted by the Northumberland County District Attorney’s office and state police.

Members of state police who were involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave in accordance with department regulations.

According to Wooster, the incident is still under active investigation and there is no threat to the public.

Kradlak was an assistant district attorney in 1986 when he accidentally shot himself in the chest on the third floor of the Lycoming County Courthouse with his own pistol on June 11, according to Sun-Gazette records.

The incident resulted in authorities closing the third floor of the courthouse, where Kradlak’s office was located, for the rest of the day.

Kradlak was later removed from his position before he returned to work, and the former district attorney later commented the shooting was a factor, according to PennLive.


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