DA: Trooper justified in fatal shooting after chase

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor says a state trooper who shot a man armed with a knife after a foot chase last year in Pennsylvania won’t face any charges in the man’s death.

Authorities said troopers in Lebanon County went to serve a warrant on 27-year-old Mitchell Hammer in Palmyra on Dec. 18 but he ran off into the woods. Police said a foot chase ended after a confrontation between Hammer, who had a Bowie-style knife, and a trooper who opened fire.

District Attorney David Arnold told reporters last week that the trooper could not have avoided using deadly force without jeopardizing his own safety and that of others. He said other investigators reported evidence supporting the trooper’s account, and a pathology report confirmed that Hammer was under the influence of crystal methamphetamine.

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