State police trooper shoots, kills man during mental health call in Venango County

A state police trooper shot and killed a man while responding to a mental health call in Venango County late Friday night. Police identified the man killed as Douglas Stanton, 59, of Rouseville Borough in Venango County. According to state police, officers received a call from a 32-year-old woman from Oil City around 11 pm Friday stating her relative, Stanton, was calling and texting her throughout the afternoon threatening to commit suicide. Stanton told the woman if police officers showed up at her house, located on the 400 block of Main Street in Rouseville Borough, he would shoot them with her gun. The woman was put in contact with the Venango County Mental Health Crisis Intervention unit. Police say a mental health delegate made contact with the woman and obtained a mental health warrant for Stanton. State troopers from the Franklin barracks arrived at Stanton’s residence on Friday around 11:47 pm and attempted to get Stanton outside. Police say Stanton threatened to shoot the responding officers. A search warrant was obtained to search the residence around 3 am and nearby residents were evacuated. Police say troopers tried to negotiate with the victim for several hours to “come out peacefully.” At around 8:30 am Saturday, Stanton came outside with a handgun and police say he pointed it in the direction of the state troopers. Police say a trooper then discharged his firearm and struck Stanton. Stanton was pronounced dead on the scene from his injuries. The Venango County District Attorney’s office is investigating the shooting.

A state police trooper shot and killed a man while responding to a mental health call in Venango County late Friday night.

Police identified the man killed as Douglas Stanton, 59, of Rouseville Borough in Venango County.

According to state police, officers received a call from a 32-year-old woman from Oil City around 11 pm Friday stating her relative, Stanton, was calling and texting her throughout the afternoon threatening to commit suicide.

Stanton told the woman if police officers showed up at his house, located on the 400 block of Main Street in Rouseville Borough, he would shoot them with his gun.

The woman was put in contact with the Venango County Mental Health Crisis Intervention unit.

Police say a mental health delegate made contact with the woman and obtained a mental health warrant for Stanton.

State troopers from the Franklin barracks arrived at Stanton’s residence on Friday around 11:47 pm and attempted to get Stanton outside.

Police say Stanton threatened to shoot the responding officers.

A search warrant was obtained to search the residence around 3 am and nearby residents were evacuated.

Police say troopers tried to negotiate with the victim for several hours to “come out peacefully.”

At around 8:30 am Saturday, Stanton came outside with a handgun and police say he pointed it in the direction of the state troopers.

Police say a trooper then discharged his firearm and struck Stanton.

Stanton was pronounced dead on the scene from his injuries.

The Venango County District Attorney’s office is investigating the shooting.

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