Morganelli is punting because he recently discovered that he is acquainted with some of Scheuermann's family, and knows and has worked with the EEaston police officer whose shots ended Scheuermann's life.
Though he gave no indication how he felt about the matter, Morganelli made the following observations:
- Police had "seconds" to make their decision to use deadly force.
- The Palmer police officer who fired shot into Scheuermann's tire.
- One Easton police officer fired two shots aimed at Scheuermann. .
Morganelli cited three previous examples in which police shootings were referred to the AG. In 1997, then Attorney general Michael Fisher ruled that the shooting of John Hirko by Bethlehem police was justified. In 2005, when Easton Police Officer was killed by a fellow officer, the shooting was deemed accidental. But in 1998, involuntary manslaughter charges were filed against Easton police officer Scott Cameron, who fired at John Rapp after being knocked over by Rapp's truck.
Morganelli waited until now to make the referral because the investigation was still in progress.