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Lancaster County D.A. Rules Shooting By Officer Justified

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LANCASTER (AP) –┬áLancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman says a Lancaster city police officer was justified in killing a man who officers saw holding a gun to a woman’s head in September. Stedman said the officer had reasonably concluded that 28-year-old Ricardo Avenia would have shot the woman if he hadn’t acted quickly. Police went to the couple’s home after the woman’s two small children alerted a neighbor their father was assaulting their mother. That prompted a 911 call. Stedman says the children told the neighbor they were afraid he’d kill her, and others reported Avenia had been abusive to her. He says the woman’s hair was found on Avenia’s pistol. Stedman isn’t releasing the officer’s name.

CRAIG STEDMAN

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