Man Pleads Guilty in Union City Robbery That Led To Officer-Involved Shooting

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Man Pleads Guilty in Union City Robbery That Led To Officer-Involved Shooting

From Staff Reports

Robert S. Hull., Jr. of Summit Township plead guilty today to a first-degree felony county of conspiracy to commit robbery. His sentencing is set for May 29th.

The robbery attempt led to the police shooting of Union City’s Keith Hawley. Hull faces up to a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison at the sentencing hearing.

Pennsylvania State Police charged that Hull conspired with another man, 27-year-old Keith A. Hawley, to rob a pair of undercover state police troopers who were attempting to buy a suspected stolen chainsaw that had been posted for sale online. Troopers shot and killed Hawley, when he pulled a gun inside a van, outside the Dollar General Store in Union City. Hull confessed to police that he and Hawley worked together in planning the robbery, and that he and Hawley were in contact over cell phones during the attempt.

Hull remains in prison on a $50,000 bond. The Erie County DA’s office found the troopers’ actions were justified after investigating the shooting.