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Marcus Hook man sentenced to 40-80 years for shooting at Trainer police officer

Media, PA – Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced today that Eric Lamont Jackson, 28, of Marcus Hook, was sentenced to 40 to 80 years in state prison for shooting at a Trainer Borough police officer following a pedestrian stop on August 17, 2017.

Eric Lamont Jackson, 28, of the 1000 block of Yates Street in Marcus Hook, was sentenced today by Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard M. Cappelli after having been convicted by a jury on November 2, 2018, of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, and person not to possess a firearm. Jackson faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ incarceration under “Second Strike” law, due to his prior conviction for armed robbery. The investigation into the shooting was conducted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Detectives Christopher A. Tankelewicz, Edmond J. Pisani, Daniel McFarland, James Reardon, David McDonald, Louis Grandizio, and Sergeant Kenneth Bellis. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian R. Doherty on behalf of the Commonwealth.

On August 17, 2017, at 3:30 a.m., CID Detective Christopher Tankelewicz responded to assist in the investigation of a police-involved shooting that occurred in Trainer Borough. At approximately 2:06 a.m., Officers Steve DiBello and Mitch Holobowicz of the Trainer Borough Police Department initiated a pedestrian stop at 10th and Langley Streets while working in an undercover capacity. The officers observed two males, one of whom was defendant Eric Lamont Jackson, who appeared to be looking into several vehicles. In recent months the Trainer Borough Police Department had responded to numerous complaints from residents regarding thefts from vehicles. As a result of these complaints, the Trainer Police Department had scheduled an extra patrol to supplement the shift to help deter thefts.

After observing suspicious activity, Officers DiBello and Holobowicz activated their lights and conducted a pedestrian stop. While the officers were speaking with the males, the defendant, Eric Lamont Jackson, stated: "he does not have time for this fucking shit" and began to flee on foot heading south on Langley Street. Officer DiBello chased after Jackson who continued to flee and ignore the officer’s verbal commands to stop and show his hands. During the pursuit, Jackson turned his whole body and pulled a firearm from his waistband, aiming it directly at Officer DiBello. Fearing for his safety, Officer DiBello took cover behind a parked vehicle. Jackson then fired multiple shots in Officer DiBello’s direction, striking the nearby vehicle five times. After Jackson fired the shots, Officer DiBello observed Jackson flee on foot, heading south on Sunset Street. Officers continued the foot pursuit, eventually losing sight of the suspect.

Delaware County CID was contacted and processed the crime scenes. Detectives located a Taurus Millennium G2 9mm semi-automatic handgun from the area directly below where Jackson had climbed over a fence in the course of his flight. Approximately 30 minutes after officers resumed patrol, witnesses in the area contacted police and stated an unknown male was inside the fenced property area and fled on foot. Jackson was apprehended at 12th and Keystone Streets. He was arrested and transported to the Trainer Police Department where he waived his Miranda Warnings and provided a recorded statement admitting that he ran from police as he was currently on state parole for a robbery conviction from February 2012.

“Eric Jackson repeatedly fired his weapon directly at Officer DiBello, clearly with the intent to kill a police officer,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “As a result of his violent actions against law enforcement combined with his lengthy criminal record, the defendant will spend the next 40 years of his life in prison. I would like to commend Officers Steve DiBello and Mitch Holobowicz of the Trainer Borough Police Department, along with Assistant District Attorney Brian Doherty and the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division for their outstanding teamwork which has taken this dangerous repeat felon off the streets.”

DATE: February 26, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Chelsey L. Price