Preliminary hearing set for Hummelstown officer

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 20, 2015 3:57 AM

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Lisa Mearkle

(Harrisburg) -- Prosecutors may soon provide new details about their investigation into the February fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer in Dauphin County.  

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later today in the case. 

Hummelstown Police officer Lisa Mearkle is accused of shooting David Kassick in the back as he lay facedown on the ground and faces a charge of criminal homicide.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marscio has said Hummelstown Mearkle was not justified in using deadly force in the February 2nd shooting.

According to Marsico, Mearkle attempted to stop Kassick for an expired inspection sticker in Hummelstown. 

After he drove away and then fled on foot, Mearkle used her Taser, and then shot him twice in the back while he was on the ground.

The shooting in South Hanover Township was captured on video by a camera on Mearkle's stun gun, which she held in one hand while firing her gun twice with the other. 

Mearkle's attorney has asked a judge to keep prosecutors from releasing the video.  

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