DA to announce findings in police-involved shooting


Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold says his office has completed its investigation into a police-involved fatal shooting in East Hanover Township last year.

Arnold and state police will release their findings at a news conference scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Mitchell Hammer, 27, of Annville, was shot and killed by a state trooper during a foot chase on December 18.

State police in Jonestown said the trooper was pursuing Hammer along a creek and Hammer went around a bend. As the trooper was coming around the bend in the creek, Hammer came at him with an 8-inch knife.

The trooper was attempting to gain cover when he slipped and fell to his back, at which time he fired his duty handgun and struck Hammer, police said.

Hammer was wanted on charges including aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment regarding a domestic incident the previous day.

Troopers went to his place of employment with an arrest warrant, but Hammer ran into a heavily wooded area. The chase went on for about one to two miles and ended when the trooper shot Hammer about 300 yards behind a home along Lindley Murray Road, police said.

Troopers then carried Hammer through the woods to a state police helicopter that was used in the search for him. He was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where he died. 

No troopers were injured.

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