DA: Officers justified in shooting man at Wal-Mart lot

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Prosecutors say police officers were justified in shooting a man accused of having fired a semi-automatic rifle at officers in the parking lot of a northeastern Pennsylvania shopping center.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said Friday that all offices involved in the shooting and apprehension of 31-year-old Scott Sargent have been “cleared of any wrongdoing.”

Authorities said the parking lot near a WalMart store in Wilkes-Barre Township was crowded when police responded to reports of shots fired just after 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Police allege that Sargent fired on an officer who called on him to surrender, hitting two vehicles, and continued to fire as police pursued him behind the building until a city officer shot him. He faces charges including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

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