- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania district attorney says state police were justified in shooting and killing an armed man who refused their commands to drop his weapons.

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said Thursday she determined the troopers did nothing wrong when they shot 21-year-old Derek DeGroat outside his Canaan Township home last month.

Edwards’ letter to the troopers’ superior officer says video of the shooting shows DeGroat beginning to raise one of his guns toward the officers before they fired at him.

Police went to the home after DeGroat’s mother called 911 and said DeGroat was threating to kill himself, and his girlfriend said he threatened to kill police.

DeGroat was shot 11 times. A pathologist ruled his death as “suicide by cop.”



The three troopers who shot him have been returned to active duty.

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