D.A.: Officer justified in shooting teen
SUNBURY — The NorthumberlandCountyD.A.’s office believes the officer who shot a Sunbury teen was justified in his actions. Following a review of the state police investigation of the June 5 incident, D.A. Tony Rosini has decided to authorize adult charges of aggravated assault against 17-year-old Naheem Reams.
Within his statement Rosini said, “The officer’s use of deadly force in this case was justified to prevent a fleeing felon from escaping and to protect himself, his fellow officers and the public.”
Rosini also said, “It is easy in the calm of daylight and the comfort of our own homes to Monday Morning Quarterback these situations or to second guess in hindsight what actions could have been taken. That is not the issue however; a review of the officers actions must be done with a consideration of the circumstances as they existed at the time of the incident.”
Rosini’s office has authorized that adult criminal charges be filed against the juvenile for aggravated assault on the officer and other charges related to the incident as the juvenile used the vehicle as a weapon against the officers. (Codi Jade)
“A police officer is permitted to use deadly force when he believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself or others or where he believes such force is necessary to prevent an arrest from being defeated by escape and the person subject to arrest has committed a forcible felony.” Rosini said, “In this case the officer had just been the subject of an assault by the driver of a motor vehicle and was injured as a result of the initial contact when the suspect backed up past him.”
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