DA: Shooting of knife-wielding resident justified
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - March 29, 2012 (WPVI) -- Prosecutors say a suburban Philadelphia police officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a knife-wielding man who called 911 to report a burglary then threatened the lives of responding officers.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler says the Middletown Township officer was justified in shooting 64-year-old Michael Devine inside his home in the early morning hours of Feb. 23.
Heckler said Wednesday that Devine reported a nonexistent burglary in order to get police to the house, then approached them with a large carving knife and threatened their lives.
Heckler said Devine had been depressed and family members had removed a handgun from the home over fears he might be suicidal.
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