Man with knife shot by Brecknock police was having mental health crisis, DA says

The Berks County District Attorney’s Office is investigating after a Brecknock Township Police Officer shot a man Wednesday morning, March 30, in a home on Butlers Lane. For the investigation, Berks County Detectives have assumed the lead role pursuant to District Attorney John T. Adams’ protocol to have an independent agency investigate police officer shootings.

Detectives say officers responded to the home around 7:45am following a 911 call placed by a family member to report that a 66-year-old male was having a mental health crisis.

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Upon locating the male, EMS and police observed that he was holding a large knife in his hand. Investigators say the officer gave verbal commands to drop the knife, however the male ignored the commands and advanced towards the officer.

A taser was deployed, but was ineffective. Additional commands were given to the male to put the knife down. Subsequently, the officer fired one shot which struck the male in the torso area.

Investigators say EMS personnel immediately administered first aid and life saving measures. He was transported to the hospital, listed in stable condition.

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No police officers were injured during the incident and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berks County Detectives at 610-478-7171.

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