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UPDATE: Police identify victim in Lititz police-involved shooting

Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 01:36 PM CST
(UPDATED 2:34 p.m, 12/23): The male shot by a police officers on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 has been identified as David P. Giliberti.

According to the Lancaster County District Attorney, the investigation will last several weeks due to interviews, an autopsy and toxicology tests.

The District Attorney says the police officer involved is Joel R. Hartz, a 23-year veteran of the Lititz Borough Police Department.
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Reported by Ewa Roman (ERoman@sbgtv.com)

Lancaster County Detectives are investigating a police involved shooting where a Lititz Police Officer shot a man several times, killing him.

One neighbor did tell CBS 21 the name of the victim, but we are not releasing that, because police say they haven't notified his entire family yet.

Police say around 3:20 Saturday morning at the 100 block of Arrowhead Drive in Lititz, a Lititz Police officer called 911 requesting backup and then reported shots fired. What's unclear is why he was called to the scene in the first place.

An investigation determine that when the officer arrived, a 22 year old man was yelling and threatening to kill the officer. When the officer tried to calm the man, the man grabbed the officer and tried to remove the handgun from its holster.

There was a struggle and police say the officer tased the man, but that didn't work. The man then went into the house and came out with a large knife, allegedly charging at the officer.
Police say that's when the officer fired his weapon on the man multiple times, killing him. One woman who lives across the street from the scene says she's shocked.

"I can't believe it happened! I mean he was a very nice kid. He just got out of college and he was always friendly, talked to people sat out here and played guitar, he was a very nice kid , I don't know what happened," said Marianne Thomson, neighbor and knows family.

"Especially at time of year right before Christmas, you hate to hear anything like this any time of year, right now it's difficult for us," said Richard Reitz, knew family.

It appears there is only one witness to this shooting, the man's grandmother, who called 911.

"She's very very nice, I can't believe or imagine there would be an issue with them I don't now why they were called but I just can't believe it turned out into him being killed," said Marianne.

The officer's name isn't being released and the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, routine for officer involved shootings, while the investigation continues.UPDATE: Police identify victim in Lititz police-involved shooting


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