Fatal police shooting ruled “justified”

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Wednesday, the Centre County District Attorney announced that a State College police officer was justified in shooting and killing 29-year-old Osaze Osagie. And state police say they are confident the shooting was not racially motivated.

48 days after the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Osaze Osagie, District Attorney Bernie Cantorna outlined what they learned. That he was a paranoid schizophrenic who was off his medication, who wrote notes announcing that he was going to die and perhaps kill others.

A missing person search for Osagie started the day before the shooting when Osagie’s father got a text message from him reading in part that there would be trouble with the police in a little bit and

“God is dead in this country, and soon I hopefully will be dead also”

Bernie Cantorna says when Osagie answered his door to three officers, he had a knife in his hand. “In response to being told to drop the knife, Mr. Osagie said “shoot me” to which the officer responded… No drop the knife”

Officer’s say when Osagie noticed a taser, he shouted “no I want to die” and charged with the knife.
Cantorna says the officer that shot Osagie had no option but to defend himself and shoot.

Cantorna says the officer’s first bullet hit him in the left shoulder, then 2 bullets hit him in the back while he was falling.

The state police say they found no evidence of racial bias.  

The DA says while the officers were justified, he sees a failing in a system that led to this outcome.

“It’s also my conclusion we need to take a hard look at our mental health statutes because it’s my personal opinion that we’ve written the mental health statutes in such a way that ensure that people reach a mental health crisis where they are either suicidal or homicidal before authorities can act”

Officially this investigation is not yet complete. Officials say there are a few administrative ends to tie up, but they believe it will come to a close soon.

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