An off-duty police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a road rage shooting, but the man he shot is facing criminal charges.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams announced Wednesday afternoon the results of his investigation of the June 17 incident involving the occupants of two cars in Ontelaunee Township.
The off-duty officer, Ryan Brobst, was alone inside one of the vehicles; three men and two women were inside the other.
The incident began late on the night of June 17 on Route 61 and ended at Leesport Avenue and Berkley Park Road with the occupants of both vehicles stepping out of their cars, police said.
A verbal confrontation ensued, at which time one man from the group of five sucker-punched Brobst, police said.
The group then started beating Brobst, said police, noting that it was at that point the officer, using a personal weapon, shot one of the men, identified as Cesar Moreno, the driver of the other vehicle.
The gunfire caused the group to scatter and the other two men ran off, according to police.
Moreno was taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released, Adams said. He is now facing charges that include simple assault, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. He is not yet in custody.
Another man who was involved, Ramon Villa, escaped custody after giving officers a fake name, police said. He was charged with escape, false identification and simple assault and committed to the Berks County Jail on $75,000 bail.
Brobst is a part-time officer with both the Fleetwood and Hamburg police departments.