|The victim, David Kassick (left) and his killer Lisa Mearkle, who was charged with homicide.|
By Arturo Garcia
A police officer in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania faces homicide charges for shooting and killing an unarmed man lying facedown on the ground during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reported.
Investigators said Officer Lisa J. Mearkle shot 59-year-old David Kassick in the back twice during the incident last month. The encounter began when Mearkle tried to pull Kassick over for expired emissions and inspection stickers, only for him to speed off.
When the officer caught up to Kassick near his sister’s house, he left his car and tried to escape on foot. Mearkle then used her Taser on Kassick. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said footage recorded by the officer’s weapon appears to show Kassick trying to take the weapon’s probes out of his back before she shot him.
The arrest affadavit states, “At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground. Furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle.”