Pennsylvania State Police: Man holding weapon shot to death by officers

October 7th, 2017 11:04 am

PERRYOPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed by police in western Pennsylvania after sending texts about harming himself and refusing to drop a weapon.

State police are investigating the shooting, which occurred after Perryopolis police responded to a home in the borough shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

Police said 47-year-old Garret Judson Hoose had sent text messages to relatives saying he was planning to harm himself.

Perryopolis officers said Hoose was holding a gun and refused to drop it despite repeated commands, and an officer “in fear of death or serious bodily injury” fired.

State police said officers had responded to the home Wednesday after similar messages were sent, and Frazier School District was placed on lockdown as a result.