Man shot by police identified; coroner said he was shot multiple times

Friday news conference with Cambria Co. Coroner Jeff Lees and the state police.

EBENSBURG, Pa. - The man state police said was shot and killed by Johnstown police officers was identified as Daniel David Burkhardt, 41, of Johnstown.

A joint news conference was held with state police and Cambria County coroner Jeff Lees Friday afternoon. Lees said Burkhardt was shot multiple times and ruled the death a homicide. He was quick to explain that is a technical term for manner of death. He said it will be up to the county district attorney to rule if it was justified.

The shooting happened Wednesday night on Spickler Alley in Johnstown's west end. The state police barracks in Ebensburg is handling the investigation.

State police said three officers arrived at the location at 5:51 p.m. after being dispatched to the area for a report of a man with a knife.

State police said the Johnstown officers said they came in contact with Burkhardt and that he was armed with two knives, one in each hand. State police said the officers told him to drop the knives, but he wouldn't and moved toward the officers.

Officers fired bean bag rounds from a shot gun and a Taser at Burkhardt, state police said, but Burkhardt continued to move toward them.

State police said that is when the three officers fired their guns and hit him. The officers then gave emergency first aid and CPR until medical personnel arrived, they said.

Lees said Burkhardt was pronounced dead at Conemaugh Medical Center.

State police said they were called by the Johnstown police department at 6:28 p.m. to investigate.

Lees and the state police would not answer reporters' questions about the number of gunshot wounds Burkhardt had or the number of rounds fired by the three police officers.

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