Police Shoot, Kill Suicidal Man Holding BB Gun

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:51 AM EDT
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Police Shoot, Kill Suicidal Man Holding BB Gun

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A suicidal man died after being shot by police in a southeastern Pennsylvania borough after he refused to drop his gun, which investigators now say was a BB gun, not a rifle.

State police in Lancaster have identified the dead man as 46-year-old Steven Michael Brill, of Rapho Township. He was fatally shot by two Manheim Borough officers who were called to his home for a disturbance Monday night.

Manheim Borough police Chief Joseph Stauffer says Brill "was threatening that he would not go alive" before he was shot about 9 p.m., some 30 minutes after police arrived.

Both officers will remain on administrative leave while internal and state police investigations into the shooting continue.

No officers were injured.

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Brill's former defense attorney, Steven Breit, says Brill had a history of alcohol-related legal troubles and depression.

 


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