York County District Attorney Tom Kearney says Springettsbury Township Police officers were justified in their use of deadly force in a shooting last December. Township officers responded to a call just before 7 pm at the K-Mart in the 1000 block of Haines Road. A man was reportedly attempting to steal jewelry from a store kiosk. Store employees pointed out Todd William Shultz as the suspect. Township officers confronted Shultz and attempted to take him into custody.
Shultz resisted arrest forcing officers to use a stun gun in an attempt to subdue him. Shultz broke free and ran out of the store onto the parking lot. Still resisting arrest, he began waving a knife and a pair of scissors at the officers. He ignored orders to drop the weapons. When Shultz attempted to run back into the store, two officers fired their service weapons hitting him multiple times. He died later at York Hospital. An autopsy revealed that Shultz had cocaine in his system.
After reviewing 22 written statements, 18 interviews plus video and audio tape of the incident gathered by Pennsylvania State Police, Kearney said in a statement that Shultz presented “an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury at the time the officers used deadly force in the discharge of their service weapons”. The DA concluded that the officers actions’ were justified and the investigation is now closed.