State police investigating deadly officer-involved shooting

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Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday that killed Steven M. Brill, 46, of Rapho Township.

Manheim borough police officers responded to Brill’s home on the 14-hundred block of Old Line Road just before 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Brill had called 9-1-1 and reportedly told the dispatcher he would not be taken alive.

When officers arrived, state police said those officers were confronted by Brill, holding a rifle.

Officers shot and wounded him.

Paramedics rushed Brill to Lancaster General Hospital, where he died.

Investigators later found that Brill was actually holding an air gun, a Daisy Powerline 880, with a rifle scope.

Miriam Groff, a neighbor of Brill’s, said the news is pretty shocking.

“It’s very rural out here and very pleasant, but like I said, people take their problems wherever they go,” Groff said. ” You just never know.”

State police are now working to determine if the officers’ actions were appropriate.

Manheim Police Chief Joe Stauffer declined to comment on the investigation.

1 Comment

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Sounds like a suicide to me. Play by play, you don't say those things and hold something looking like a real gun and not expect real deadly force. It's a shame that officers need to go through this.

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