Police release name of man shot by officer in Lititz

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | Dec 23, 2013 7:28 AM
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(Lititz) -- Authorities in Lancaster County have released the name of a man shot and killed by a police officer during a confrontation inside a home over the weekend.

The man has been identified as 22-year-old David Giliberti.

Police in Lititz say an officer responded at about 3:00 a.m. Saturday to a reported dispute between and a woman and her grandson.

Giliberti allegedly reached for an officer's holstered gun and continued making threats after he was hit with a stun gun, and later lunged at the officer with a large knife.

The officer fired several times, and Giliberti was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has identified the officer involved in the shooting as Joel Hartz, who is  a 23-year veteran of the Lititz Borough Police Department.

Chief County Detective Michael Landis says a public announcement in the case will not take place for several weeks -- citing the need to complete the toxicology results from the autopsy. 

Here's the statement released by the Office of the District Attorney of Lancaster County:

The Lancaster County District Attorney has determined that a public announcement in this case will not take place for a number of weeks.  County Detectives have a number of interviews to conduct as well as additional information to gather.

The primary reason for the delay is attributed to the fact that the toxicology results from the autopsy will not be completed for weeks.  Prior to announcing his findings, the District Attorney must conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of the investigation and toxicology results are an important aspect of the investigation.  In the meantime, county detectives will complete their investigation.

The District Attorney feels it is appropriate at this time to identify the officer involved in the shooting.  The officer is Joel R. Hartz. Officer Hartz is a twenty-three year veteran of the Lititz Borough Police Department.

The District Attorney will schedule a public announcement of his findings as soon as possible after completion of the investigation and receipt of toxicology results.

This story has been updated at 12:28 p.m. on 12/23/13

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