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Source: AP - AP Wire Service
Mar 01 13:21

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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Prosecutors say their investigation has concluded that a police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man armed with a sword on a southeastern Pennsylvania street last month.

Upper Perk police were called shortly after 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 by a relative who said a man armed with a sword was threatening to harm others, Montgomery County prosecutors said. Officers found the man with ``a samurai-type sword'' who ignored commands to drop the weapon and charged, after which an officer fired, prosecutors said.

A 23-inch sword was recovered by the body of the man, who was identified as 27-year-old Trey Bartholemew of Pennsburg.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said Monday the shooting was a lawful use of force. He said police were told that the man had threatened to kill anyone he encountered, and the evidence after he encountered an officer was ``that he tried to do just that.''

Steele said the officer acted to put a stop to a lethal threat, and the facts ``support the use of deadly force.''

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