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DA: police officer justified in fatally shooting Lower Paxton man

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Zeke in operating room with handler Corporal Ty Miek Zeke in operating room with handler Corporal Ty Miek
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lower Paxton Township police officer was justified in his use of lethal force when he killed a man who had shot a Harrisburg police dog last year, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.

Skyler Stewart, 20, died after he was shot three times during a police incident near his Nyes Road home March 15.

Stewart had allegedly stabbed his mother's boyfriend during a fight and was wanted on assault charges when police went to the house with a search warrant, according to authorities.

He fled from the officers and shot the dog in the neck, then refused orders to drop his gun before he was shot and killed by the officer, authorities said.

Marsico said the officer was justified in using deadly force to protect the dog's handler.

Zeke, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, survived the shooting and returned to active duty in May.

Stewart's family has said he trying to protect his mother when he assaulted her boyfriend, and that he chose poorly in his decision to run from the police.

They believe he shot the dog in an effort to fend it off of him, and that he likely was dazed and confused when he failed to heed police orders.

 

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