By Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania police officer who was acquitted of murder for shooting an unarmed motorist in the back might be leaving the police department.

A Dauphin County jury last month found Hummelstown officer Lisa Mearkle not guilty of third-degree murder and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter in the February shooting of 59-year-old David Kassick.

Hummelstown’s labor attorney Michael Miller said at a council meeting Thursday that a preliminary agreement had been reached with Mearkle’s attorney on circumstances by which Mearkle may separate from the borough in January 2016. It’s not clear if she would receive a severance package.

The 14-year veteran of the department has been suspended without pay since March. More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Mearkle’s dismissal.

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