By: KDKA-TV’s Erika Stanish
WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County man acquitted in the 2015 killing of a St. Clair Township police officer was arrested on probation violations.READ MORE: Masks Mandatory Again At North Allegheny School District
Ray Shetler Jr. was wanted after failing to appear in court last week.
Authorities received a tip he was hiding inside a home in Seward.
“We didn’t anticipate this much of a problem, but we were prepared for it,” Westmoreland County Sheriff James Albert said.READ MORE: Snow Day Is A Mix Of Clearing Driveways, Helping Neighbors And Having Fun In Saxonburg
According to the criminal complaint, officers found Shetler hiding under a bed and blankets. The complaint says Shetler got into a scuffle with law enforcement.
“This individual allegedly was on meth, pain tolerance is high,” Albert said. “His strength seems to be a little enhanced. He seems to be a pretty big, husky guy. That’s why it oftentimes takes two or three officers to subdue someone.”
Authorities say Shetler head-butted an officer, including himself in the process. Both the officer and Shetler were taken to the hospital. The deputy is recovering.
Shetler is being guarded by two officers at the hospital until he can be taken to the Westmoreland County Prison.MORE NEWS: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Winter Storm Blankets Pittsburgh Region With Heavy Snowfall
He is facing charges, including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.