By Associated Press - Saturday, April 8, 2017

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania prosecutor says police officers were “absolutely justified” in shooting and killing an 18-year-old earlier this year after he fired at police twice.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said the Lancaster officers “faced death” when they were fired upon by 18-year-old Jose Efrain Rodriguez.

In fact, he said the officers put themselves in “unnecessary” danger, exercising what he called “extraordinary restraint” in not resorting to deadly force more quickly during the Jan. 24 confrontation in Lancaster.

Stedman said the blame for the entire episode “is entirely on the shoulders of Mr. Rodriguez,” who he said “prepared for combat” before leaving an apartment complex with gun in hand.

Stedman said Friday that the former New York resident had “opportunity after opportunity after opportunity to comply and surrender.”



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