Two Pennsylvania state representatives were involved in a shootout just blocks from the state Capitol Tuesday night in an attempted street robbery.
Reps. Marty Flynn and Ryan Bizzarro, both Democrats, were walking to their residence after a late dinner just before 11 p.m. when two men approached them and demanded their wallets. One of the men was armed, and Mr. Flynn drew a weapon of his own, exchanging gunfire with the suspects, the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader reported.
No one was hurt in the shootout, and police later arrested four teenage suspects. Jamani Ellison, 17, Jyair Leonard, 15, Derek Anderson, 17, and Zha-quan McGhee, 15, face multiple charges, including attempted homicide, conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a firearm without a license, The Philly Enquirer reported.
A spokesman for House Democrats said Mr. Flynn is a former Lackawanna County prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun.
“We are used to fighting for the people in our districts every day,” Mr. Flynn said in a statement released by the House Democratic Caucus. “We certainly are going to stand up for ourselves and not become victims.”
Police said the Mr. Flynn acted appropriately in defending himself.
“We don’t believe he acted in any way that was inappropriate,” said Paula Trovy, crime analyst at Harrisburg Bureau of Police, the Times Leader reported.