After thorough investigation, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney has determined the shooting death of 72-year old Clifton Thomson was justifiable homicide. Officers were called to Thomson’s home in Conewago Township just after 1:30 a.m. on the morning of February 21st.
Thomson had told county dispatchers that he had a gun and was going to shoot himself. Upon arrival, officers were able to get Thomson’s wife out of the house safely before locating Thomson in the home with a high powered rifle.
Officers attempted to negotiate with Thomson but he refused to put down his weapon and fired one round at officers. Police tried a second time to negotiate with Thomson and he exited the back of the home and refused to drop his gun when officers identified themselves.
Thomson advanced towards the officers while pointing his rifle directly at them and would not listen to commands to stop. Four rounds were shot from a patrol rifle, striking and killing Thomson.
District Attorney Tom Kearney determined the manner of death was justifiable homicide and the officers involved in the shooting have been cleared to return to duty.