- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Three western Pennsylvania police officers who fatally shot a knife-wielding man earlier in March were justified and shouldn’t be criminally charged.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan announced her decision Thursday in the March 2 shooting of 41-year-old Daniel Burkhardt.

Burkhardt had two knives and had threatened a woman who called 911 and took refuge behind Johnstown Officer Kevin Fickes.

Fickes and officers Erin Kabler and Justin Green fired bean bag rounds from a shotgun and a stun gun at Burkhardt, bu the continued toward Fickes, waving the knives and yelling “Shoot!” That’s when the officers shot Burkhardt.

The officers had previously been cleared by an internal investigation and returned to duty.

Callihan and the state police also reviewed the shooting, which is routine when officers kill a suspect.


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