11/6/2018 Chief Berkihiser's comments on arrest of Police Officer Damon Bronstetter

From Chief Berkihiser:

It is disappointing and disturbing that I have to announce the arrest of Damon Bronstetter, a Lancaster City Police Officer.  The Lancaster Bureau of Police received a complaint on Tuesday October 30th  involving Damon Bronstetter. Based on the nature of the complaint and the location of the offense we immediately notified the Lancaster County Office of the District Attorney of the complaint and asked them to assume the criminal investigation.  We fully cooperated and helped to facilitate their investigation into that initial complaint.  Through their investigation they discovered that Bronstetter was involved in a domestic violence incident with his current girlfriend, causing injuries.   

The District Attorney’s Office is continuing their criminal investigation while we conduct our administrative investigation. 

I cannot comment on the current criminal investigation because it is active and we are not the lead investigative agency.  Mr. Bronstetter is currently on paid leave and we are in possession of his duty firearm, badge and police identification.  Mr. Bronstetter not only has rights under the criminal justice system, he also has employment rights so we have to make sure we proceed with our internal process very deliberately.

As I stated earlier we are disturbed with the current facts of this case.  We have a zero tolerance approach to employees involved in criminal activity and I want to assure our residents that we are a hardworking and professional police department and we are dedicated to keeping Lancaster’s neighborhoods safe.

Chief Berkihiser

Media Contact: Lt. Bill Hickey 717-735-3481  hickeyw@lancasterpolice.com