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AG: Police shooting of Concord burglary suspect in White Park legally justified

  • Dylan Stahley

Monitor staff
Published: 4/23/2020 2:05:22 PM

A state police trooper was legally justified to shoot a man in White Park earlier this month, the Attorney General’s Office said.

With a drink in one hand and a pistol in the other, Dylan Stahley, 22, walked around the baseball field at the park just after midnight on April 5 waving his handgun in all directions, including at himself, nearby homes and police officers who surrounded him, according to a review of the shooting. When Stahley pointed the gun at officers on White Street, State Police Trooper Michael Petrillo fired one shot from his rifle, striking Stahley in his left upper arm. The shot dropped Stahley to the ground.

“After a review of evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, the Attorney General has determined that Trooper Petrillo’s shooting of Mr. Stahley was a legally justified use of deadly force,” Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said.

Police initially responded to the park around 11:21 p.m. for a report of a burglar alarm that was triggered at the new skate house. A window was smashed and a large rock was on the counter near the cash register.

A short time later police encountered Stahley on the baseball field at the park. A friend who identified Stahley said he was armed, the report said.

Stahley refused police orders to drop his gun as he walked around the ball field.

After he was shot, police found a loaded handgun next to Stahley, who was transported to the hospital for treatment. No one else was injured during the encounter, and nobody fired at Stahley other than Petrillo, the attorney general said.

Stahley is facing charges of burglary, reckless conduct, and being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon. After the charges are resolved the Attorney General’s Office said it will issue a full report detailing all of the facts surrounding the shooting.

Stahley was on probation at the time of his arrest. His criminal record dates back to 2016 and includes convictions for assault and driving while intoxicated.

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