DA says police shooting of Pa. man was justified

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in central Pennsylvania said police were justified in the fatal shooting of a man who pointed a weapon at officers that turned out to be a BB gun.

Lancaster County’s district attorney said Friday that 46-year-old Steven Michael Brill of Rapho Township gave officers no choice but to use deadly force during the Aug. 12 incident.

Brill told a police dispatcher that he would not be taken alive. When officers arrived at the home, Brill was armed with a BB gun with a scope that looked like a rifle and he pointed it at an officer when he was shot.

District Attorney Craig Stedman said a state police investigation conducted revealed that there were four incidents between November 2012 and May in which Brill told police he was suicidal.

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