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Police involved shooting at K-Mart in York County

Police officers were involved in a shooting at the K-Mart in Springettsbury Township, York County on Saturday night.

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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.

Authorities have identified the man who police shot and killed outside a York County Kmart Saturday night.

State troopers said Sunday two Springettsbury Township officers opened fire on 40-year-old Todd William Shultz of York after he charged at them with a knife.

“I was waiting up, just wanting to hear his car pull up or him coming through the door. And it didn’t happen,” Shultz’s girlfriend, Bonnie Gladfelter, said Sunday.

When Gladfelter got the news her boyfriend of six years was dead, she said she didn’t believe it at first.

“When I was here talking to him earlier he was fine, cheerful. He was laughing, carrying on with me, joking like nothing was wrong,” she said.

Springettsbury Township police shot and killed Shultz Saturday night during an incident that started with him allegedly trying to steal jewelry.

When Shultz wouldn’t cooperate and started fighting with officers, they used a Taser on him in an attempt to subdue him. Police said he then pulled out a knife and charged at them. Two officers opened fire, hitting and killing him.

“A knife is a bladed instrument and officers are killed every year with knives. This is a real tragic situation for officers. Not only the officers, but their families,” Springettsbury Township Police Chief Thomas Hyers said Saturday night.

Kmart was closed down Saturday night as officers worked to piece together what happened, but Sunday was back to business as usual at the store.

“It’s fine. I’m sure the security took care of it and it’s over with,” said Rick Barlow, who shopped at the store Sunday.

An autopsy will be done on Shultz’s body Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital to determine an official cause of death.

None of the responding officers or customers in the store were hurt during the incident.


Authorities have identified the  man that was shot and killed by police Saturday night outside of a Kmart in York County. Troopers say 40-year-old Todd William Shultz, of York, charged at officers with a knife after they attempted to arrest him for retail theft.

Officers were dispatched to Kmart along the 1000 block of Haines Road in Springettsbury Township for a report of an armed man stealing jewelry. As officers attempted to take Shultz into custody, he became unruly and fought with them. In an effort to subdue his aggressive behavior officers deployed a taser but it didn’t phase him, state police said.

Shultz continued fighting with officers and walked out of the store. Once outside he pulled out a knife and tried to get back inside where numerous employees and customers were. He ignored orders to drop his weapon and charged at police. Officers fired multiple rounds, hitting Shultz, troopers said.

Shultz  was taken to York Hospital where he later died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

State Police and the York County District Attorney’s office is investigating.

None of the responding officers or any customers were injured in the incident.

Springettsbury Township police chief Thomas Hyers says a 40-year old man was killed in an officer involved shooting at Kmart Saturday evening. The incident began as a retail theft in the store and police were called to the scene.

Officers tried to taser the suspect when he would not cooperate. The man then came at police with a knife and two officers opened fire, killing the suspect. His name is not being released at this time.

Pennsylvania State Police are taking over the investigation. This is standard protocol for officer involved shootings.

UPDATE:  Springettsbury Township Police Chief Thomas Hyers says the person involved in the shooting at the K-Mart on Haines Road has died. He says the person was shot by two police officers, after he threatened to shoot. The Chief expects to be at the scene tonight and will release more information to the media.

Police in York County are investigating a shooting at the K-Mart store on Haines Road in Springettsbury Township. Shots were reportedly fired just before 7:30 p.m. inside the store. According to emergency dispatches, the victim was hit at least five times in the abdomen area. The injuries are considered to be a major trauma. Fox43′s Jessica Reyes is at the scene and will have more tonight on FOX43 News at Ten.