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DA: Officers justified in 2012 fatal shooting at York bar

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

York County District Attorney Tom Kearney has concluded that two police officers were justified in using deadly force when they shot and killed a man who had opened fire during a York bar fight in November 2012.

Kearney said the officers' actions were reasonable and no criminal action is warranted against them in the death of 21-year-old Juan Bonilla Jr.

Bonilla had fired two rounds inside the Veteran's Political Association, at 807 Loucks Road, and had fired eight additional gunshots as he chased a minivan across the parking lot in the early hours of Nov. 24, 2012, Kearney said.

According to Kearney's report, police officers from York and West Manchester Township had responded to reports of multiple fights and were waiting for backup outside the bar when they saw Bonilla firing a handgun among a crowd of panicked patrons.

The officers fired on Bonilla after he ignored orders to drop the gun because they feared for the safety of others and themselves, the report states.

The two officers fired a total of 22 rounds, including a shot that struck Bonilla in the leg and a fatal round to the back of his chest, according to the report.


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