Family of man killed by police: “We’re not getting any answers”
The family of the Dauphin County man who was shot and killed by a Hummelstown police officer is speaking out.
59-year-old David Kassick was fatally shot by Officer Lisa Mearkle in South Hanover Township, after he fled from a traffic stop.
“He was a gentle person,” says his sister, Diane Fetters. “He didn’t deserve to die.”
His family attended the Hummelstown Borough Council meeting Thursday night. They say they want to know what happened during the “altercation” and why he was shot.
Hummelstown Police Chief Charles Dowell offered the family his personal condolences at the meeting. But the Council said they could not discuss details of the case.
State Police and the Dauphin County District Attorney are handling the investigation.
State Police said Thursday it could take months.
“It was a one on one incident, so we don’t understand what’s taking so long, we would like to know what happened and we’re not getting any answers,” says Fetters.
The family wants an outside investigation. Mearkle is a 14-year police veteran in Dauphin County.
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