Schuylkill County Coroner Joseph Lipsett has ruled the shooting of a Tuscarora man on Tuesday a "homicide," but it will be the county's district attorney to determine if it was justified.
Lipsett said that based on "the information we collected and my experience as an investigator," he feels the shooting was justified.
Lipsett made the conclusion following an autopsy on Wednesday and Thursday of Scott A. Mackelvey, 41, who was shot and killed outside a residence in the Wildcat development of Walker Township.
Mackelvey allegedly was in a stolen pickup truck and rammed it repeatedly into a state police cruiser and into police officers themselves, when he was shot at about 8:30 a.m.
Although Lipsett said he feels the shooting was justified, he stressed that this final determination will have to be made by the county district attorney's office.
Lipsett said a review of the autopsy results will be made by the various investigating officials.
He also noted that it is difficult to immediately determine how many times Mackelvey was shot because there are exit wounds as well as instances where the same bullet may have penetrated more than one area.
For example, a bullet might have struck an arm and then another part of the body.
The coroner's autopsy concluded that Mackelvey died from "multiple gunshot wounds of the chest and abdomen, and severe hemorrhage."
Involved in the shooting were troopers from the Frackville barracks of the state police and an off-duty police officer from the St. Clair Police Department.
All those involved police officers have been placed on administrative duty.
Lipsett said numerous investigations are being done regarding the shooting. Besides the DA's office investigating, state police are doing an extensive probe which involves their internal affairs division.
He said he doesn't know how long the investigations will take.