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Incident is second Altoona officer-involved shooting in 1 year

Updated: Tuesday, April 8 2014, 05:16 PM EDT

By: Marc Stempka

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Monday night's incident resulting in an Altoona police officer shooting a man is the second officer-involved shooting in the city in a year.

Just before 11:30 p.m., investigators said an Altoona officer shot and wounded a man who moved toward officers with a knife at a home at 1615 16th Ave.

State police investigators from the Troop G headquarters in Hollidaysburg are investigating the incident, at the request of the Altoona police department.

Investigators said the man, who was not named, was trying to commit suicide and cut himself with a butcher's knife.

When officers arrived at the house, the man refused to comply with officers' commands to put the knife down, and then moved toward the officers with the knife, investigators said. At that time, an Altoona officer shot the man. The name of the officer who fired the shot was not released.

Almost exactly one year ago, at about 4:30 a.m. on April 8, 2013, Altoona officer Mark Sprouse shot James Weyant in the 300 block of 4th Avenue Alley.

An investigation by the state police and the Blair County District Attorney's Office found that Sprouse shot Weyant because he believed Weyant had a black weapon in his hands.

Investigators said Weyant raised his hands, was nude from the waist down, and appeared to point the object toward Sprouse, resulting in him firing one round into Weyant's shoulder. It was determined Weyant was holding a pair of black underwear.

Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio determined Sprouse's actions were justified and no charges were filed.

The Altoona Mirror reported in last month that Weyant has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Sprouse stating that he was too aggressive, resulting in the shooting,

Incident is second Altoona officer-involved shooting in 1 year


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