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Posted on: August 31, 2021

YARDLEY MAN ORDERED TO FACE TRIAL FOR SHOOTING CHIEF JOSEPH KELLY

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A 24-year-old man charged with shooting Yardley Police Chief Joseph Kelly earlier this month was ordered to face attempted murder and related charges in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Judge Corryn L. Kronnagel ruled during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. 

Colin Frank Petroziello, of Yardley, is accused of firing a shotgun at Chief Kelly who was assisting a Bucks County probation officer on an offender check at the Yardley Commons Condominiums on Aug. 18, 2021. Chief Kelly suffered injuries to his ear and hand and has since been released from the hospital. 

After the shooting, Petroziello barricaded himself and his mother inside his apartment at 806 Yardley Commons. He was taken into custody after a more than 4-hour standoff.  

Chief Kelly, Bucks County Adult Probation/Parole Officer Cristina Viviano, a member of the South Central Bucks County Emergency Response Team and a Bucks County Detective testified at Tuesday’s hearing and Judge Kronnagel ruled enough evidence was presented to hold all charges for trial.  

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