Authorities continue to investigate Wednesday's hotel robbery that ended in a shootout leaving one suspect dead and another in custody.
Dashan White, 24, of Coatesville, was killed by a West Goshen officer outside the hotel along Route 202 after the suspect reportedly fired shots at the cop.
White and Calvin Haines Jr., 15, of Coatesville, a ninth grade student at Coatesville Area High School, were allegedly in the middle of robbing the Microtel Inn & Suites about 4:30 a.m. when officers arrived, police said. Both were armed with guns and wearing masks and gloves as they tied up the night manager, hit the manager in the head with a gun, and attempted to get into the safe, police said.
When officers entered the lobby, shots were reportedly fired at them from behind the front desk. Police fired back, prompting White and Haines to break a ground floor window and escape into the parking lot, police said.
Then White reportedly fired at the officers in the parking lot. An unidentified West Goshen officer fired back fatally wounding the suspect. Haines was then apprehended.
The district attorney's office said a preliminary investigation indicated the police officer used necessary force when he fired back at White.
"It appears to be a justified shooting by the police officer based upon the execution of the gunfire and evidence we have available," First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody said Wednesday.
White's brother -- 19-year-old Ra'jhun Tinson -- was shot and killed at the Kennett Square YMCA pool July 4, 2006. Another Coatesville man, Benjamin Bowman, 19, was sentenced in March to 25 to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder.
Investigators are looking into whether the Microtel suspects are connected to any of the five recent home-invasion shootings in Coatesville and outside the city.
White had previously served prison time for an armed home invasion outside of Coatesville. On May 21, 2003, White went into a man's home in Valley where he put a gun to the victim's head and demanded money.
The victim reportedly gave White $150 before he left. The victim's 2-year-old and 5-year-old sons were in the home at the time of the incident. White was arrested the next day in West Chester after a brief police chase. About a year later, White pleaded guilty to robbery and fleeing police. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 to six years in state prison.
Haines is being held at Chester County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14 before Magisterial Judge William Kraut. He has been charged as an adult. He faces aggravated assault, robbery and related charges.
Haines reportedly told investigators White fired all of the shots at officers. Investigators located two guns at the scene -- one in White's hand and another left inside the hotel office, according to the criminal complaint.
The robbery scenario, according to the criminal complaint:
When the hotel's night manager saw two masked males enter the hotel and walk toward the office area he pulled an alarm before they approached the front desk.
The manager called 911 using his cell phone and placed the open phone on an office counter. One of the males pointed a handgun at the manager, ordered him to get on the floor, hit him in the head with the gun, and tied him up. The males then tried to get into the office safe and a cash drawer at the front desk.
A 911 dispatcher heard the commotion through the cell phone. The call was traced to the area of Matlack Street and Route 202. When police arrived to the hotel no one was working at the front desk. Once inside the hotel someone fired shots at the officers from behind the front desk. Officers fired back.
The suspects then broke the office window and escaped into the parking lot where shots were exchanged again and White was fatally injured.