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Schuylkill DA: Officers’ shooting of man ‘justified’

Published March 11. 2019 08:45AM

POTTSVILLE (AP) — A prosecutor says two Pennsylvania police officers were justified in shooting a man accused of pointing a weapon at them and a state police trooper.

The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald reports that the 32-year-old Allentown resident was flown to a Lehigh Valley trauma center following the early Friday shooting and was listed in satisfactory condition.

Pottsville police said the officers responded to a report of an armed person who fired a weapon. They said the man refused officers’ commands, tried to walk away, and after being hit with a stun gun aimed his weapon at police, and two officers fired.

District Attorney Michael O’Pake, after reviewing officer body camera footage and other evidence, declared the shooting “justified use of force.” The man is to face attempted murder and aggravated assault charges.

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