LANCASTER, Pa. — The Lancaster County District Attorney has ruled that a shooting involving a Lititz police officer was justified. The victim of the shooting was killed after being tased three times and shot five times.
The shooting happened around 3 a.m. on Dec. 21 at a home in the 100 block of Arrowhead Drive. Officer Joel Hartz, a 23-year-veteran, shot and killed David Giliberti, 22, after a struggle.
According to District Attorney Craig Stedman’s investigation, Giliberti
had a knife, threatened to kill Hartz several times and even went after his service weapon several times. After wrestling with Giliberti, Hartz fired his taser several times, hitting Giliberti, but with no apparent impact.
The investigation found that after repeated attempts to subdue Giliberti and telling him to drop his knife, Giliberti raised the weapon. Hartz said he first shot Giliberti twice in the chest, but the man did not go down.
“It didn’t even look like it phased him. He was almost smiling at me,” Hartz was quoted as saying during the investigation.
Hartz shot three more times and Giliberti fell down.