A Pennsylvania prosecutor said on Tuesday that officers were justified in fatally shooting a teenager who pointed a gun at them after a landlord called 911 to report his security cameras detected an intruder in the home. .
Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams told reporters Darron Shaw, 17, ‘presented a clear and imminent threat to the lives of officers by pointing a gun directly at them’ as he exited the back of the house shortly after midnight on August 1st. 6.
Officers were dispatched after the resident who was absent called 911 and said her security cameras showed someone entering the back door of her home. She said she called her 14-year-old son, who was home alone, and told him to go out on the roof to wait for the police to arrive.
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Adams said surveillance video shows the masked intruder breaking a window and entering the house, disabling a back door camera in doing so and moving into the kitchen. She said she didn’t know Shaw’s motive when entering the house. Police body camera video showed him exiting the house with the gun in his right hand.
Adams said the gun was pointed in the direction of an officer and then turned in the general direction of two other officers. She said two offices were fired after the suspect failed to respond to an order to raise his hand. Adams said officers fired a total of nine pistol and rifle shots, hitting Shaw four or five times, and that he ran, jumped a fence and fell about 100 feet away. He received help and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Shaw’s 9mm semi-automatic handgun and extended magazine were recovered from inside the fence and found to be a “ghost gun”, a term used for firearms that have no no serial numbers and can be assembled from kits ordered online, Adams said. She said it didn’t appear Shaw fired the gun, but she was sent to state police for analysis.