Yardley Police Chief Opens Up On Shooting, Standoff

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Yardley Police Chief Joseph Kelly leaves St. Mary Medical Center surrounded by his family, friends, fellow law enforcement, and nurses. Photo via Yardley Mayor Chris Harding.

Yardley Police Chief Joseph Kelly speaks with Mayor Chris Harding during Yardley on Air on 1490 WBCB Tuesday afternoon.

Yardley Borough Police Chief Joseph Kelly is opening up about a shooting turned standoff at the Yardley Commons apartments last month.

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Colin Petroziello, 24, of Yardley Borough. Photo via Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

Chief Kelly joined Mayor Chris Harding for Yardley on Air at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. He recalled the moments after Colin Petroziello, 24, allegedly shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun.

“Right after I discovered I was shot, I quickly evaluated my injuries to see if I could continue to protect the officer that was with me and continue to contain the suspect who was still in the house,” recalled Kelly.

“Real quickly I discovered that I could. I was bleeding severely from the hand and from the ear, but there were no vital organs hit. So I remained until our closest allies from the Lower Makefield Township Police Department arrived.”

It spurred a four hour standoff with law enforcement, including SWAT. Nearly three dozen law enforcement, EMS, and other agencies responded.

The chief says he’s indebted to the other officers and first responders who assisted that day.

“I’ve had the opportunity now to listen to the radio tapes from beginning to end and I’m super impressed with the response of our neighboring law enforcement agencies and some law enforcement agencies that came from pretty far away.”

Since the shooting, the community has show its support for Kelly in many ways. He’s received homegrown tomatoes, meals for his family, and kind words from residents and businesses owners alike.

For the chief, the most cherished gifts are drawings and get well cards sent in by Yardley’s children. One is already framed in his office.

“And I’m probably going to frame a few others,” said Kelly. “I’ve been answering each and every one of the cards. It’s probably going to take me a while to get to everybody.

“I think this is what defines Yardley. It wasn’t the act. It was the response to the act.”