Police have identified the man who was shot and killed in a police-involved shooting overnight.
State Police are now investigating after two Erie Police Officers shot at a stolen van, hitting the man behind the wheel, and killing him. Last night, two officers were patrolling the area of East 3rd and Parade streets when they say they observed a stolen van parked along East 3rd Street.
Officers approached the van on foot when, all of the sudden, the van accelerated in their direction, causing the officers to shot at the van, hitting the driver. The driver has been identified as Charles Wallace II. He was given first aid on scene and taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment where he later died from his injuries.
The shooting, that happened around midnight, caused the van to go through the yard of the home on the corner of East 3rd and Parade streets, causing some damage to the yard. The van reportedly stolen from the Salvation Army two days ago. Wallace is the prime suspect in that burglary. State Police have towed the van and are in the process of collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.
The two officers involved in the incident are on paid administrative leave until State Police finish the investigation and give the findings to the District Attorney, Jack Daneri, for review. “It’s not an easy job,” says Chief Don Dacus of the Erie Police Department. “And, unfortunately, we’re pressed into situations like this at times. But usually, at the hand of the person that controls the situation, if they don’t comply; often times they can escalate it and unfortunately this is what can occur.”
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The names of the officers are not being released at this time during the investigation, nor are they saying who fired the shots.