Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf has ruled that sheriff’s deputies trying to serve an arrest warrant were justified in shooting at 35-year-old Victor Rivera.

Rivera was apparently not hit in the Dec. 14 incident and remains on the run.

According to a March 28 news release issued by the district attorney, deputies tried to arrest Rivera outside his residence on the evening of Dec. 14. Rivera got into his white Ford pickup truck and, while trying to get away, drove at several deputies, struck a building, and ran over a curb. The deputies were not harmed.

“Fearing for his life and the lives of his fellow Deputies, one member of the Sheriff’s Department fired two (2) shots in the direction of RIVERA’s vehicle,” the release says. “No injuries were reported. RIVERA escaped arrest and remains wanted on his warrant. RIVERA faces additional charges due to his reckless driving on the night in question.”

Those additional charges are simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and resisting arrest. Each is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail.

Anyone with information on Rivera’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lebanon County Detective Bureau at 717-228-4403.

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...