Coroner IDs Stewartstown man fatally shot by police

STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A 79-year-old man was killed in a police-involved shooting early Monday.

Robert Becker was pronounced dead at his home in the 200 block of Hollow Road, in Hopewell Township, York County Coroner Pam Gay said.

State police said Becker called 911 around 3:30 a.m. to threaten violence against law enforcement.

Troopers responded to the home made contact with him around 4 a.m. Becker shot at the troopers and was fatally wounded when they returned fire, police said.

Wendy Hester lives down the street from where it happened.

“I heard several shots, which I thought were gunshots,” she said. “I was stunned!”

No troopers were injured.

“It’s terrible,” Hester said. “It’s really a shame. I’m glad that he didn’t hit any of the officers.”

Four troopers have been placed on administrative duty pending the investigating; a state police policy when troopers discharge a firearm in the line of duty.

Police also revealed they had been to Becker’s house at least twice before Monday. Both calls were for mental health concerns.

“I’m in total shock,” Hester said. “You don’t expect anything like that in your quiet little neighborhood.”

Gay said additional information will be released after an autopsy is complete. The autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown.

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