LANSDALE — Lansdale police Officer Daniel Gallagher is recovering from an injury he sustained in a stabbing Friday morning, July 5, in Richland Township.
The Bucks County District Attorney's Office said Friday afternoon that the incident happened as officers tried to apprehend a suspect identified as 45-year-old Stephen Deatelhauser. According to Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub, Deatelhauser brandished a knife inside a CVS and was being pursued by Richland Township police in the area of Route 309 and Tollgate Road when he encountered Gallagher, who was off-duty at the time.
Gallagher sustained a stab wound to his left shoulder, and was treated at St. Luke's Hospital, according to the Bucks County DA's Office. He was released on Friday and is recovering at home, according to Lansdale Police Chief Michael Trail. Deatelhauser was also treated at St. Luke's; his injuries are not publicly known at this time.
Deatelhauser was arraigned Friday afternoon. Weintraub said he had "good information" about Deatelhauser, who was "in and out" of other stores prior to the July 5 incident.
Trail thanked the public for their support and said he was proud of Gallagher, a nine-year veteran of department who is currently assigned to the community policing unit.
Weintraub noted this case is "proof that our officers are always on duty" and says Gallagher "saw the call to act. He didn't stop to put on his uniform; he didn't check to see if he had his bulletproof vest; he didn't check to see if he had his service weapon. He didn't stop for any of those things. His first instincts were not for his own safety and protection, but for that of his fellow officers, and for members of the public. ... His heroic action prevented potential harm to the public, and frankly to the suspect himself, and for that we are very, very grateful."