PA Man Sentenced For Shootout With South Jersey Police Officers in 2021
A Philadelphia-area man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for firing at two South Jersey police officers, wounding one of them, during a gunfight on August 23, 2021.
Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay's office says earlier this year, 42-year-old Arthur DiSanto of Upper Darby, PA, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted murder for shooting and striking one police officer, and he pleaded guilty to a second count of first-degree for shooting at another police officer.
Disanto was accused of punching, tasing, and shooting his girlfriend with a shotgun on July 3rd, 2021, in Media, PA.
On August 23rd of that year, DiSanto was under surveillance and fled from Pennsylvania State Police.
According to a report from NJ.com at the time,
A plainclothes Folcroft [PA] police officer driving an unmarked SUV soon spotted Disanto in the borough and picked up the pursuit. The SUV’s front bumper hit the rear wheel of [DiSanto's motorcycle] and Disanto crashed. When he saw Disanto had a handgun in his possession, the officer took cover behind his vehicle and Disanto allegedly climbed in the [officer's] Chevy Tahoe and drove off. The officer fired on the vehicle in an effort to stop him, because the Tahoe had weapons onboard.
Disanto then drove to New Jersey and fled from that stolen police vehicle, with some protective police equipment, in Deptford Township, eventually making his way into Washington Township as officers from surrounding municipalities joined in the search.
A Monroe Township police officer confronted Disanto and ordered him to surrender. He refused and hopped a fence. As the officer followed, Disanto allegedly fired on him, striking the officer in the ear and hand.
The injured officer continued his pursuit and Disanto was confronted at a home back in Deptford Township by an officer with that department. During that exchange, surveillance video showed Disanto fire on the officer, who returned fire, wounding DiSanto.
On Friday, DiSanto was sentenced to a 25-year aggregate sentence -- 12 ½ years on each first-degree attempted murder count, to run consecutively, and DiSanto must also serve two separate 5-year terms of parole supervision, which will also run consecutively, for a total of 10 years upon his release from prison.