WEST GOSHEN -- One suspect is dead and another is in custody after police exchanged gunfire with alleged hotel robbers early Wednesday morning.
Dashan White, 24, of Coatesville was fatally shot by police after officers interrupted what appeared to be an armed robbery, police said.
The following is an incident account provided by the district attor
About 4:30 a.m. a 911 dispatcher received an "open mike" cell phone call in which the conversation sounded like a robbery. The call was traced to the area of Route 202 and Matlack Street, police said.
White and Calvin Haines Jr., 15, of Coatesville, allegedly beat and tied up the hotel night manager at the Microtel Inn & Suites off Route 202 while attempting to break into the hotel's safe.
When West Goshen officers checked the hotel they noticed the front desk was not staffed. Then someone allegedly fired shots at the officers from behind the front desk.
After police fired back, the suspects escaped through a ground floor window into the parking lot.
Outside, White allegedly fired a handgun at police. One of the officers -- whom investigators have not identified -- fired back, fatally injuring White. No one else was injured.
Authorities pronounced White dead at the scene. Chester County Coroner Dr. Robert Satriale said White died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Haines was taken into custody at the scene. Both suspects were reportedly wearing gloves at the time of the incident. Police also seized $600 in Haines' possession.
Haines has been charged as an adult for robbery, aggravated assault and related charges.
In a prepared statement, the district attorney's office said the officer's actions appear justified given the deceased suspect allegedly fired a gun at the officer in the midst of an armed robbery.
"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 over the phone.
Investigators are looking into whether the hotel suspects are connected to recent home invasion shootings in Coatesville and outside the city.
"The good thing is we have evidence at the crime scene we can compare to evidence at other crime scenes to see if anything matches up," Carmody said.
At noon roughly 20 hotel employees were gathered nearby under the shade of a tree. When asked, employees declined to comment on the incident.
Hotel guests periodically exited the hotel with suitcases late Wednesday morning as local and county detectives continued with their investigation.