Homicide charges filed against Hummelstown police officer

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SOUTH HANOVER TOWNSHIP (WPMT)-Criminal homicide charges have been filed against a Hummelstown police officer accused of shooting and killing 59-year-old David A. Kassick on Feb. 2, according to online court documents.

Lisa Mearkle (Middle) (Photo: Hummelstown Police Department)

Lisa Mearkle (Middle) (Photo: Hummelstown Police Department)

The Dauphin County District Attorney’s office and State Police are expected to release the results of the officer-involved shooting investigation at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Dauphin County Courthouse Lobby.

Kassick was killed during an altercation with Officer Lisa Mearkle, 36, last month along the first block of Grandview Road in South Hanover Township.

The incident began just after 4 p.m. on Feb. 2 as Mearkle was on a routine patrol along South Hoernerstown Road. Mearkle spotted Kassick’s vehicle with an expired inspection sticker. Kassick fled as Mearkle tried to pull him over, police said. According to the search warrant, Kassick drove to 32 Grandview Road, then got out of the car and ran across the yard to 36 Grandview Road. An “altercation” ensued between Mearkle and Kassick, shots were fired and Kassick died at the scene, the warrant states.

Mearkle, a 14-year veteran with the Hummelstown Police Department has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.