Threatening Man with Knife Fatally Shot in Pa. Hospital

The man’s identity has not been released as state police investigate.

A man was shot and killed by police after threatening hospital employees and officers with a knife Thursday.

The man has not been identified and it’s unclear which police department was involved in the incident, although Pennsylvania State Trooper Rob Hicks said at a news conference that an officer shot the man “because other means of trying to subdue him were not effective.”

The shooting occurred after police were called to Chambersburg Hospital around 8 a.m. Thursday. Hospital officials told police a patient had been threatening staff members with a knife.

When police arrived, the man began threatening the officers, according to heraldmailmedia.com.

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Officers made several attempts to disarm the man and arrest him but were unsuccessful. Police would not say if stun guns were used.

Eventually at least one officer shot the man and he was later pronounced dead. No one else was injured.

“I know when officers are forced into that type of situation [when they discharge a service weapon], it’s tough. It’s difficult. It’s something you have to live with the rest of your life,” Hicks said.

Now state police are leading an investigation into the shooting along with the District Attorney’s Office and the Coroner’s Office.

“There are tons of people that need to be interviewed between staff, patients, visitors, pretty much anybody who was in the hospital at that time that might have some knowledge about the incident,” Hicks said. “They all have to be interviewed for this.”

Hicks praised the people involved and said things could’ve been a lot worse.

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