A state police trooper who shot a man inside a Hanover apartment was justified in using deadly force, York County District Tom Kearney said Monday.
Kearney said 30-year-old Joshua
M. Harding presented an imminent danger of death or serious
bodily injury when he attacked the trooper Sept. 23.
Harding was inside an E. Middle
Street apartment while police were serving drug warrants on a
man and woman who lived there.
When police tried to handcuff Harding for their safety, he allegedly attacked the trooper by striking him in the head and body multiple times until the trooper fired a single round that struck Harding in the
chest, authorities said.
Harding, of Harrisburg, is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, escape and
possession with intent to deliver heroin.
The trooper was treated and released from a hospital for injuries to his head, face and hand.
Kearney said no criminal action is warranted against the trooper and the matter is now closed.