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July 10, 2014

Grandmother: Suspect vowed to slash any cop

Grandson beat me every day, elderly woman says

— SUNBURY — Erick Trometter told his grandmother she belonged in the grave, and that if a cop ever showed up at the residence they shared in the city, he would “stab them.”

According to sources close to the investigation, Trometter, 22, of Susquehanna Avenue, allegedly kept true to his word to Amanda Trometter, 67, because her troubled grandson attempted to attack acting Police Chief Brad Hare on Tuesday morning.

“He would always get so mad when police would even drive by the house,” Mrs. Trometter said.

“He told me many times he would stab police if they came here.”

Hare shot Trometter on Tuesday on Mile Post Road, at the northeast edge of the city, during a scuffle that included repeated Taser shots and the brandishing of a knife that police declined to display or describe.

The 6-foot, 270-pound Trometter, who has a history of trouble with the law, including a recent assault of his grandmother that resulted in a freshly issued protection from abuse order against him.

Officer fires, calls 911

After firing his service weapon, Hare immediately called for help at 11 a.m. Police from local and state agencies swarmed to Mile Post Road, off Shikellamy Avenue.

Mrs. Trometter said her grandson always had knives near him. She was unsure of what knife or what the weapon may have looked like that resulted in the shooting.

Mrs. Trometter’s husband had committed suicide in front of Erick Trometter in May 2011 and Erick was never the same, she said.

Mrs. Trometter didn’t want to discuss details surrounding the suicide, but said her grandson stood frozen when it occurred.

Shortly after, Trometter’s serious issues with the law began, and he ended up in Northumberland County Prison, where he claimed to have been beaten up by guards after defending himself from corrections officers’ teasing about his grandparents.

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