HAZLETON – The family of a man shot and killed by a Hazleton city police officer is planning a march this afternoon from the scene of the shooting to city hall.
State police said Hazleton police officers were dispatched to a fight near Second and Alter streets at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. When police arrived, a bystander told officers Jonathan K. Garay, 26, of Alter Street, had a gun and was leaving the scene in a hurry.
A search warrant filed in Luzerne County Court Thursday says officers Michael Colasardo and Scott Nicholas pursued Garay, who was spotted running through a gate to the rear of 521 Alter St. Colasardo and Nicholas made contact with Garay, who was allegedly in possession of a silver and black handgun in his waistband, the affidavits say.
Nicholas physically grabbed Garay as the handgun fell to the porch floor, according to the affidavits.
State police said in the affidavits Garay “dove for the weapon between the two officers.”
Garay grabbed the handgun from the floor and tried to raise it towards the officers. Colasardo fired two rounds from his duty weapon at Garay, hitting him twice, the affidavit says.
The march will conclude at city hall on Church Street, where the nearby Hazleton Area Public Library closed at noon.
Neighbors near city hall say its very unusual not to see police cruisers parked around city hall. State troopers are present as well as a police helicopter overhead.
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