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Friends ‘in shock’ after man is shot & killed by police

Neighbors of the 22-year-old Lancaster County man who was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday morning say he was quiet and polite, and they’re shocked to hear what happened.

“He was a very nice kid, my daughter used to play guitar with him,” says neighbor Marianne Thomson. “We’re both shocked by this, I don’t want him to be made out to be a mean person or a bad person because he was not at all.”

Lititz Borough Police say the man lived with his grandmother on Arrowhead Drive in Lititz. His grandmother called police at 3 a.m. asking for help for an issue with her grandson. Police haven’t said why she called.

They say when the officer arrived, the man threatened to kill him and tried to grab his handgun. The officer tased him. The man then went into the kitchen and grabbed a large knife. The officer repeatedly told him to stop, but the man continued forward with the knife raised. The officer shot him several times, killing him.

“He is not that type of aggressive person, I don’t know what brought it on,” says Thomson. “It’s just so sad that they couldn’t have done something different.”

Lancaster County Detectives are handling the investigation. The officer is now on administrative leave, routine after an officer-involved shooting.


8 Comments to “Friends ‘in shock’ after man is shot & killed by police”

    sherayx said:
    December 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Reblogged this on SherayxWeblog.

    scott said:
    December 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    oh yeah he sounds like a sweet upstanding citizen NOT

      Joe said:
      December 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Results of the toxicology screen will be interesting. In so many cases of violence, all the warning signs were ignored.

        Molly said:
        December 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        How about you wait for the facts; or better yet have some respect for the family.

      Molly said:
      December 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      He was a son, a nephew and a friend. How about you reserve judgement when you know NOTHING about him.

        veb said:
        December 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        last time i checked sons, nephews and friends all were capable of making bad choices. and in this case that is what happened from what we are all told. it isnt a judgement it is a fact.

    Sina said:
    December 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Why couldn't the cop just taser him ?

      veb said:
      December 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Police say the officer was able to push the man away and deployed a Taser.

      Unaffected by the shock– the man ran into the kitchen, grabbed a large knife and lunged at the officer. According to police reports, the man continued at the officer with the knife despite repeated orders to stop

      Read more: http://fox43.com/2013/12/21/knife-wielding-man-sh

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