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The Lebanon City Police Department has released information about how the community can support the officers and families affected by the shooting Thursday, March 31, that left one city officer dead and two others seriously wounded.
Lebanon police Lt. William Lebo was fatally shot on March 31 when he and three other officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home on the city’s northern fringe. Two other officers, Ryan Adams and Derek Underkoffler, were shot and wounded.
As of reports earlier this week, Adams has been released from the hospital, while Underkoffler remains hospitalized at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
“We have received many calls and emails asking how you can help and to provide cards and donations to the officers and their families affected by the tragic event,” said the Lebanon City Police Department in a statement posted to Facebook.
The department has installed a card collection box in the lobby of the Lebanon County-City Municipal Building (400 S. 8th Street). Additionally, an account is being setup that will allow the public to donate directly to the officers and their families.
Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf will be holding a press conference at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, to share further updates on last week’s shooting. Echoing requests from Lora Lebo, Lt. Lebo’s widow, DA Hess Graf has requested that media outlets refrain from using the mug shot of the shooter, Travis Shaud.
“This community lost an honorable man last week in the line of duty,” said Hess Graf. “We should celebrate his life and not that of the shooter.”
Hess Graf is not expected to answer questions at the press conference outside of a pre-written statement.
A celebration of life service for Lt. Lebo will be held Friday, April 8, at Hershey’s Giant Center. Prior to the service, a funeral procession from Lebanon to Hershey will traverse the 13 miles of Route 422 between Christman’s Funeral Home and the Giant Center, with thousands expected to come out to pay their respects to the man whose name will doubtless long endure in Lebanon County. State flags across the commonwealth have been ordered to fly at half-staff on the day of Lebo’s funeral.
The service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, with doors to open at 10 a.m.
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