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Only two officers were directly involved in the shooting of an unarmed Quakertown man who attacked them Saturday for unknown reasons, according to police.
One of the three Perkasie Police Department officers responding to the Sellersville incident June 9 was moving a witness away when Michael Marino Jr.was shot and killed by police, said Police Chief Joseph Gura.
Although all three officers received medical treatment following the incident, two because of injuries received and the other for a medical condition, Gura said.
“The officers are all doing well. (There were) minor injuries,” Gura said.
Two of the officers were attacked in the incident, Gura said. Marino was reportedly lunging at an officer when the officer shot Marino once in the chest, killing him.
The case has raised questions from some about why the unarmed man could not have been subdued without deadly force, while others maintain the officer was justified in his actions. Marino may have been suffering from a mental condition at the time of the incident.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether the shooting was justified, as is done with all police shootings. District Attorney David Heckler said he knows people are looking for answers and wants to conclude that investigation as quickly as possible, but cannot yet predict when that will be.
Gura said he is also reviewing whether department procedures were followed in the incident.
The shooting happened in the Clymer Avenue area around 4:15 p.m.
Marino, 26, was a Lakeside High School graduate who had just started classes at Bucks County Community College and had been employed as a carpenter for some time, according to obituary information.
The officer who fired the shot is on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
None of the three officers involved has returned to duty yet, Gura said, and he’s not sure when they will.
“The sooner the better for them and for us,” Gura said, “but it will be when they feel they’re capable.”
Gura also said it’s still not known if a package removed by a bomb squad near the shooting scene the following day is connected to the earlier incident.
“There was paperwork there, but with the rambling rant, I can’t deny or confirm that yet,” Gura said of the possibility of a connection.
Thomas Celona contributed to this article.