Midstate police not to blame for man's suicide after stun gun use

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2015 9:14 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman

(Lancaster) -- The Lancaster County district attorney says two police officers did nothing wrong when they used a stun gun on a man who shot himself in the head when electrically shocked. 

District Attorney Craig Stedman says investigators couldn't determine whether 66-year-old Richard Miller pulled the trigger on purpose or involuntarily due to the shock.

But, either way, Stedman says Miller was responsible for his death. 

The Manor Township officers confronted Miller on January 5th after a neighbor reported a man tampering with a pickup truck. 

The caller told police Miller pulled a handgun when confronted and took refuge in an apartment building, where police encountered him. 

The DA says officers could have used deadly force to subdue Miller, and were trying to protect him and themselves by using the stun guns instead.

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