By Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

WAYMART, Pa. (AP) - A district attorney says a man shot and killed in northeastern Pennsylvania earlier this week was carrying a rifle in his arms and had two other rifles slung along his shoulders.

Authorities in Wayne County said 21-year-old Derek DeGroat was shot after refusing to drop the weapons Monday night outside his Canaan Township home.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) reports that District Attorney Janine Edwards said DeGroat kept walking toward the house even though state troopers ordered him repeatedly to stop. She said he moved the rifle around to the front of his body and turned, gun in hand, to face the troopers, who then opened fire.

Edwards said a relative called 911 and said DeGroat was threating to kill himself, and his girlfriend said he threatened to “kill police.”


Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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