Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Pottsville News

Bail, Preliminary Hearing Set for Cop Shooter Jose Cruz

The man who shot at Pottsville and State police officers last Friday now awaits a preliminary hearing.

Jose E. Cruz, of Allentown, appeared before District Magistrate Anthony J. Kilker on Monday evening. Kilker set Cruz’ bail at $500,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 25 at 11 a.m. The defendant was unable to post bail and sent back to Schuylkill County prison awaiting his preliminary hearing.

Cruz faces a raft of charges related to the incident that happened in the early morning hours of March 8 on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville.

He’s up on the following felony charges:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
  • 5 counts of aggravated assault (F1)
  • 5 counts of aggravated assault (F2)
  • 5 counts of assault of a law enforcement officer (F1)
  • 1 count of prohibited possession of a firearm (F2)
  • 1 count of carrying a firearm without a license (F3)
  • 1 count of criminal attempt of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer

Cruz faces multiple misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident, too.


Shootout on Mahantongo Street

Around 1 a.m. in the 500 block of Mahantongo Street of Pottsville, Pottsville police and Pennsylvania State Police responded to a report of “shots fired”. When they arrived, they found Cruz and ordered him to drop his weapon repeatedly.

Cruz ignored these orders and dashed into the yard of Pottsville Area Soup Kitchen at 504 Mahantongo Street. Police attempted to stun Cruz. He turned to police and pointed a gun at them. That’s when two Pottsville police officers — whose names have not been released — fired on Cruz.

He survived the shooting and missed the officers with whatever shots he is alleged to have fired.

Immediately following Cruz’ arrest, Schuylkill County District Attorney Mike O’Pake reviewed three body cams worn by officers. He ruled officers were justified in shooting Cruz.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Cruz was tossed in the county lockup until Monday evening’s court appearance.

Cruz Did Time in 2011

If he’s convicted on the crimes he’s facing in Schuylkill County, it will not be Cruz’ first time in prison.

In February 2011, Cruz was sentenced to 2-1/2 to 7 years in state prison for an incident that happened in 2010 in Lehigh County. He was originally charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and stalking. He only did time for criminal trespass and agreed to a plea deal in the case.

Court records show he was released from state prison in August 2013.

You can view the record on this case here.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

ALSO READ: DEVELOPING: DA Says Pottsville Police Shooting “Justified”


Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

Click to comment


  1. Pingback: Jose Cruz Pottsville Shooting Update - New Hearing Date, Venue - Coal Region Canary

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

Local Weather

Noticeably warmer for the coming week

Local Weather

Don't forget Minersville Community Day, too!

Local Weather

Are you a glass-half-full or half-empty person?

Local Weather

Hopefully, we can fend off the rain chances in the forecast for Saturday, too.

Local Weather

It'll be one of those days when the high is as high as the low or the low is as high as the high.

Local Weather

Rain moves in at night.

Local Weather

The Spring we all love is back.

Local Weather

The 70s make a comeback after today.

PA Lottery Numbers

Saturday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Wednesday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Saturday's winning numbers