LEBANON, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting to death a New Jersey man who had stolen 81 handguns from a gun shop.
Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said Wednesday that no charges would be filed in the Aug. 3 shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Malave, of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, in Campbelltown, about 15 miles east of Harrisburg.
Authorities said police went to the Horseshoe Pike Gunshop after a burglary alarm went off early in the morning and saw Malave crawling through a soybean field across the street. Arnold said the officer acted to protect himself and other officers as well as residents.
Arnold said he didn’t know why the suspect stole the guns but said he believes Malave decided to commit “suicide by police.”
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