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DA: Questions remain in Campbelltown police-shooting probe

Written by Les Stewart, Lebanon Daily News | Aug 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Many questions remain unanswered surrounding the burglary of a South Londonderry Township gun shop last week that lead to the shooting death of an 18-year-old New Jersey man, Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said Tuesday.

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Joshua Malave (submitted to Lebanon Daily News)

Arnold said investigators have yet to determine what Joshua Malave of Cinnaminson was doing in Lebanon County at the time of the break-in and his shooting death on Aug. 3. He said he has heard reports that his family was camping in the area, but investigators have yet to confirm that.

Authorities said Malave broke into Horseshoe Pike Gun Shop, 2703 Horseshoe Pike, shortly before 6 a.m. on Aug. 3 and set off a burglar alarm. Police were sent to the shop for a burglary in progress call and encountered Malave.

Arnold said last week that Malave and police exchanged gunfire as he fled across a soybean field near the gun shop. Malave was struck by gunfire and died. No police were injured.

The district attorney also said Tuesday that investigators have not yet answered the question of why he chose to burglarize the Campbelltown gun shop.

Arnold said last week that Malave took 81 guns, and authorities believe they have recovered all the weapons. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted an inventory at the gun shop.

The district attorney said Tuesday that Malave had several different bags to carry the guns. The bags were found in different parts of the soybean field where Malave had run through, he said. Bags were scattered in the field, he said.

Security bars and a window were broken at the rear of the gun shop, but investigators are not certain yet that is how he got into the shop, he said.

Investigators are still working to determine what happened inside the shop and outside when Malave came in contact with police, Arnold said. They are also trying to determine how Malave got to the shop and his motivation for breaking into the business, which reopened last week. They are also trying to determine whether he acted alone, Arnold said.

"We still have a lot of questions," the district attorney said.


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