Williamsport City Police issue statement regarding fatal accident

January 20, 2014

The City of Williamsport Bureaud of Police issued the following statement:

"The Williamsport Bureau of Police respects the Pennsylvania State Police's professionalism and efforts in their continuing investigation of the tragic accident involving one of our police vehicles. Williamsport Police Officer Jonathan Deprenda was involved in an on-duty traffic accident while responding to back-up a rookie Williamsport officer's radio transmission of having a suspect at gun point. That crash claimed the life of James David Robinson, 42, of Williamsport (name corrected - kk). 

The investigation of any traffic fatality is a length and intricate process involving many, many hours of evidence gathering measurements, photographs, interviews, follow-ups, tests and paperwork, etc. The fact that this accident involves a law enforcement officer and vehicle adds even more time to the process. 

We understand that the victim's family, friends and our community is looking for information and answers. We ask that everyone respect the process being undertaken by Pennsylvania State Police. It is our hope that our community will continue to support the Pennsylvania State Police throughout their investigation."

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