SCRANTON, Pa. – A police officer is dead after suffering a head injury in a fall while trying to capture three teenage robbery suspects.
Scranton police say 29-year-old Patrolman John Wilding died Sunday morning.
Police chief Carl Graziano says Wilding and other officers were called to investigate an armed robbery at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in West Scranton. Graziano says a witness reported seeing Wilding jump a fence during the chase and fall down a 15-foot drop.
Three 17-year-old suspects are in custody. All face charges including robbery.
Wilding's sister, Patrice, a staff writer for The Scranton Times-Tribune, asked for privacy. She said Wilding was married with two children, ages 3 and 7.