- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AVELLA, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor says two state troopers were justified in shooting a knife-wielding, suicidal man as they responded to a domestic disturbance in western Pennsylvania.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone says the conclusion he announced Tuesday was based on a review of interviews conducted and reports written by the state police in the Dec. 7 shooting of 20-year-old Steven Ward.

He remained in a Pittsburgh hospital Tuesday and has yet to be arraigned on aggravated assault, endangerment and other charges. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Ward.

Vittone says troopers from the Washington, Pennsylvania barracks shot Ward when he rushed at them with a 10-inch Bowie knife after his mother called from Jefferson Township to report Ward was “out of control.” Ward reportedly told his family he wanted police to shoot him.


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