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Man shot by Harrisburg police had a history of violence

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HARRISBURG, Pa.-- We are learning more about the man killed during a police-involved shooting this past weekend in Harrisburg.

Court documents show Earl Pinckney had a history of violence with his mother. In August of 2015, he broke windows in her car and received three months of probation.

Then in December, police responded to the home for reports of domestic assault. Court documents said, Thomas said to police she and her son got into an argument, which led to Pinckney grabbing and throwing her against a wall and to the floor.

After that, Pinckney reportedly grabbed a knife and made stabbing motions toward Thomas.

"Domestic violence doesn't discriminate against anybody," YWCA Greater Harrisburg Director of Violence Intervention and Prevention Services Rhonda Hendrickson said.

She said she sees about three thousand cases a year.

After the incident, Thomas filed a Petition For Protection From Abuse against Pinckney.

"It's a civil court order that tells the perpetrator he must stop the abuse," Hendrickson said.

When we asked Thomas for comment on the court documented past, she declined.

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