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DA: Cop shot man holding underwear

on June 28, 2013 10:30 AM

ALTOONA (AP) — A prosecutor said an officer was justified in shooting a man he thought was armed in a dark central Pennsylvania alley, even though it turned out the man had only a pair of black underwear in his hand.

Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio did not name the Altoona police officer or the man he wounded about 4:30 a.m. April 8.

Consiglio said the officer was on patrol when he was confronted by the man who raised his hands while holding a dark object the officer thought was a gun. The officer then shot the man in the shoulder.

Consiglio didn’t return a call to determine the man’s current condition.

Consiglio said the man was naked from the waist down, except for his shoes.

The DA said neither the officer nor the wounded man will be charged.

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