- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania borough is conducting an internal review into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by one of its police officers.

Hummelstown’s council voted Thursday to hire the Elliott Greenleaf law firm for the inquiry into the Feb. 2 death of 59-year-old David Kassick’s death.

The firm will also review the borough’s policies and procedures.

Police say video from Officer Lisa Mearkle’s stun gun shows her shooting Kassick twice in the back as he lay face down after a Feb. 2 chase that began over expired inspection and emissions stickers.

She was charged March 24 with criminal homicide and awaits trial.

Mearkle’s lawyers have said she acted in self-defense and was concerned that Kassick may have been reaching for a weapon. She’s suspended without pay from the police force.


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