Family of man shot by Harrisburg police disagrees with DA’s statements

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The family of a 20-year-old man shot and killed by city police says it disagrees with preliminary statements made by Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.

Marsico said Earl Pinckney had the knife to his mother’s throat when officers entered a second-floor bedroom in the 2300 block of Green Street shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday. He said one officer fired a single shot that struck Pinckney after he refused orders to drop the knife.

Earl Pinckney
Earl Pinckney

The family said statements made by Marsico “directly contradict the eyewitness account of a family member who was at the scene prior to, during, and following the shooting.”

“We expect that law enforcement will follow its processes in conducting a full investigation based upon all the facts, and issues its findings in a timely fashion. But while that process in under way, we will be diligent in correcting any misinformation that does not accurately reflect the facts and circumstances that lead to our son’s death,” the family said.

The full text of the family’s statement follows:

“Last night, Harrisburg City Police shot our son, Earl Pinckney, during a domestic disturbance call.  Following the incident, a criminal investigation was initiated during which local detectives immediately interviewed some members of the family, while others will be interviewed in the coming days. Today, Dauphin County District Attorney, Ed Marsico, called a press conference to discuss the shooting and made statements regarding Earl’s conduct which allegedly precipitated the shooting.  While we understand that the criminal investigation into the shooting is in its preliminary stages, and there are still many more facts to be gathered, we want to be clear that we disagree with the preliminary statements made during the press conference as they directly contradict the eyewitness account of a family member who was at the scene prior to, during, and following the shooting. We expect that law enforcement will follow its processes in conducting a full investigation based upon all the facts, and issues its findings in a timely fashion. But while that process in under way, we will be diligent in correcting any misinformation that does not accurately reflect the facts and circumstances that lead to our son’s death.  We ask for our City’s prayers of comfort and consolation as we grieve his loss, and make clear our desire that peace and constructive dialogue between our community and law enforcement prevail as we begin the long and arduous task of searching for answers. No further comments will be made at this time.”

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