- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A police officer who shot a man outside his apartment last month turned himself in Thursday to face a criminal homicide charge.

Carbondale Patrolman Francis Schulze was charged Thursday with killing Joe Molinaro, 34, of Fell Township, the (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/22ycIZu ).

Schulze’s attorney, Corey Kolcharno, told reporters his client heard screaming outside on the night of Feb. 2 and wanted to make sure his child and his girlfriend’s child were protected.

Molinaro’s girlfriend, Leticia Moncrief, said the two were being loud but weren’t fighting. A man with a flashlight then aggressively approached them, she said, and Molinaro took off. Moncrief said the man followed Molinaro and that she heard three “pops.”

Surveillance footage from a neighbor’s home also shows the officer followed Molinaro.

Magisterial District Judge Theodore Giglio ordered Schulze held without bail.

Schulze worked part time as a Carbondale police officer. He was off duty at the time of the shooting and hasn’t been scheduled to work since the shooting.

He started working for the city in October 2014, Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor said, and primarily served as a school resource officer at Carbondale Area High School.

Kolcharno called the charges “outrageous” and “objectionable,” saying his client is a “fine, upstanding young man who has no criminal record whatsoever.” He predicted the officer would be exonerated.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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