Rape suspect shot by police following 3-mile chase

A man wanted on a rape charge led police on a high-speed chase Monday after vowing not to be taken a
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A man wanted on a rape charge led police on a high-speed chase Monday after vowing not to be taken alive.

But police officers did just that. East Greenbush Officer Peter Partak wounded the suspect with one shot, forcing him to drop his gun and surrender.

East Greenbush police said the incident began around 3:30 p.m., when Shane I. Harding’s mother told officers that her son wanted to get himself killed by the police. She told them that he said, “They’re not going to take me alive.”

Harding, 19, of 150 4th St. in Troy, was wanted by Troy police on a charge of first-degree rape. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

State police began looking for Harding and spotted his pickup truck near Bloomingrove Drive in North Greenbush. When North Greenbush police tried to pull Harding over, he sped away, they said.

His truck hit at least one car during the three-mile chase, which reached speeds of 70 miles per hour. But the race came to an abrupt end when he turned onto Red Mill Road in East Greenbush and crashed into Partak’s patrol car.

Partak said he saw Harding pick up a firearm. He fired one round, hitting Harding, and Harding dropped the gun. Other officers surrounded him and he surrendered.

Harding was wearing an ammunition vest with dozens of rounds and had a loaded .410-caliber shotgun, police said.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital with a non-life threatening wound. Troy police planned to take Harding for arraignment on the rape charge.

Categories: Schenectady County

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