CLARENDON, Pa. — A shooting by a Pennsylvania police officer in the parking lot of an ice cream stand that killed an armed driver following a traffic stop appears to have been justified, a county prosecutor said.
State police in Warren County said Joseph Miller, 54, of Clarendon was killed in the Friday night confrontation at the intersection of Routes 6 and 59 in Mead Township.
A Warren City officer responding to a report of an erratic driver followed Miller across the Glade Bridge and initiated a traffic stop, and the vehicle pulled into the Dairy Delite parking lot, officials said.
Miller became agitated during the stop and began loading an AK-47 rifle, at which point the officer backed away and ordered him to stop, police said. Miller continued to load the weapon and was shot as he exited the vehicle, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Numerous patrons were at the Dairy Delite at the time of the traffic stop, but none were injured and the officer was unhurt, officials said.
“After the traffic stop was conducted, the driver who was pulled over did come out with a firearm, and that’s when the officer opened fire,” District Attorney Rob Greene said. “At this time, the shooting appears to be justified.”
State and city police are investigating along with the district attorney and the sheriff’s office.