Police release name, other details in officer-involved shooting
Police have released the identity of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Friday night in Mead Township.
According to Erie-based Pennsylvania State Police, Joseph Miller, 54, of Clarendon, was shot and killed after loading a firearm during a traffic stop with several by-standers in the area and getting out of his vehicle with the weapon.
Police said City of Warren Police responded to a call of erratic driving at about 7:30 p.m.
Police located the indicated maroon Jeep, followed it across the Glade Bridge, and attempt to pull it over, police said.
“The vehicle traveled down the road a short distance and pulled into the Dairy Delite parking lot at the intersection of Routes 6 and 59 in Mead Township,” police said in a Saturday morning release.
“The Warren City Officer approached the vehicle and began his contact with the operator,” police said. “During the stop, the operator became agitated and began loading an AK-47 rifle which was present in the vehicle.”
“The officer backed away while issuing verbal commands,” police said. “The suspect ignored the commands and continued to load the weapon. As the suspect exited the vehicle with the weapon, the Warren City officer discharged his sidearm, striking and killing the suspect.”
There were several people at Dairy Delite during the incident, police said. No one other than the suspect was injured.
Pennsylvania State Police, with the cooperation of City of Warren Police, the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, are continuing the investigation.