Slain Pa. Police Officer was Month Away from Retirement

April 1, 2022
Lebanon City Police Lt. William Lebo was responding to a call concerning a man who forced his way into a home and opened fire at police, killing Lebo and critically wounding two other officers.

By Janet Pickel


A Lebanon, Pa., police lieutenant killed responding to a call Thursday afternoon was just a month away from retirement after spending 40 years on the force, the city’s mayor said.

Lt. William Lebo, 63, had a May 1, 2022, retirement date planned, Mayor Sherry Capello said during a news conference Friday about a shooting that also landed two of Lebo’s coworkers in the hospital.


Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf said officers were called to the 1100 block of Forest Street in Lebanon at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for a domestic dispute that turned out to be a burglary. Four uniformed officers entering the home were “immediately” met with gunfire, she said.

Travis Shaud, 34, had broken into a relative’s home, Hess Graf said, and opened fire on the responding police officers.

Officers returned fire, killing Shaud, Hess Graf said. Multiple firearms were found around the home. Shaud had a criminal history that included assault, she said.

Injured were Lebanon officers Ryan Adams, hospitalized in stable condition, and Derek Underkoffler, listed in critical but stable condition. Both are 32 years old with seven years on the force, Capello said.

Emergency crews tried life-saving measures on Lebo, but he died at the scene, the DA said.

“Every time a police officer responds to a call, he risks his life. Every single time,” Hess Graf said. Lebo “made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community.”


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