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Prosecutors can't use statements by man shot by officer

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 11, 2017 3:22 PM
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(Carlisle) -- A judge has barred prosecutors from using statements by a man shot and wounded by a police officer after authorities said he stole a police vehicle and tried to run the officer down.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremiah Metcalf faces charges including aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude officers following the December 9 events in Shippensburg.

Authorities allege that Metcalf jumped into a police SUV and drove at an officer, who opened fire, and he later told a state trooper that he believed the officer feared for his life.

PennLive.com reports that the Franklin County judge agreed with public defender Sean Owen that the statement occurred after Metcalf sought an attorney. Owen has argued that his client had a mental breakdown and was trying to flee, not hurt anyone.

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