The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 27, 2013

Decision: Police justified in shooting half-naked man


ALTOONA — A state police investigation determined that an Altoona police officer was justified in shooting a man in an Alley April 8 because the officer believed the man was pointing a weapon at him.

As it turns out, the civilian was both unarmed and unclothed, holding his black underwear toward the officer - and naked from the waist down, at the time he apparently confronted the officer, Blair County's District Attorney's Office said. The officer fired once in the dark alley, striking the man once in the shoulder.

"The civilian's injury, while very regrettable, occurred due to the civilian's own conduct, which was the major contributing factor in the incident," District Attorney Richard Consiglio wrote in a press release, saying the officer was investigating "suspicious actions" in the alley at 4:30 a.m. that day and that the man "confronted" the officer.

He said the officer quickly rendered aid to the man after the man was hit.

Consiglio said no charges will be filed against the officer or civilian.

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