District Attorney: Officer-Involved Shooting in March was Justified

April 23, 2024

WARREN, Pa. – Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene issued a release Tuesday stating that an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead in March was justified.

The Warren County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police SERT Team, executed a high-risk search warrant on March 22, 2024, at a residence in Freehold Township after a methamphetamine investigation.

“The suspect was considered armed and dangerous which was the reason for the ‘high-risk’ warrant,” Greene said in the release.

Officers entered a garage on the residence, Greene said, and found the suspect holding a gun. The suspect refused to obey commands to “drop the gun.”

“The suspect then made a sudden movement with the gun in his hand and a member of the PSP SERT Team fired one round, killing the suspect,” Greene said in the release.

Greene said a review of video, witness statements, and the incident report led him to conclude the shooting was justified.

“This is an unfortunate situation which put law enforcement in an unavoidable situation to use deadly force,” Greene said in the release. “No further action will be taken by this office and no further comment shall be issued.”

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