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Lancaster police officer shoots and kills homeless man

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2013 2:20 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A Lancaster police officer has shot and killed a homeless man armed with a 9-inch knife.

Two Lancaster bicycle officers responded to a report of a man urinating in public at around seven this morning.

Police chief Keith Sadler says the man was muttering and incoherent, and as an officer checked his identification he pulled a folding knife from his pocket and charged.

He says an officer fired but missed, and a stun gun was used to no apparent effect after a chase.

The man charged again and an officer fired twice, hitting him once.
The man was not identified.

District Attorney Craig Stedman says his preliminary judgment after viewing surveillance video was the shooting was ``entirely justified.''

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