A Smithfield Township man was shot dead after a standoff with Pennsylvania State Police on Monday morning.
Troopers from the Stroudsburg barracks responded to a call at a residence along Mosier’s Knob Road in Monroe County to conduct a welfare check on an unidentified male who was reportedly acting erratically around 9:57 a.m. on July 6.
When troopers arrived on the scene, they encountered a man that pulled into the residence’s driveway in a blue Ford pickup truck. As the officers spoke with the individual, he allegedly began acting erratically, calling the officers names and claiming that he had booby-trapped the property. When the troopers attempted to detain him, the man pulled away and fled to the garage.
The man refused to comply with police requests to exit the garage, and as they approached, he appeared in a doorway, pointing a laser-sighted handgun at the officers. According to police, the man disobeyed commands to drop his weapon, and the troopers fired, striking him in the chest.
The man was found in the garage, deceased.
Details about the deceased individual, including whether he was the owner or resident of the Mosier’s Knob Road home and what behavior instigated the call to police, have yet to be addressed.
The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police’s Troop N Major Case Team are investigating the incident.
This is a developing story, and will be updated as details are made available.