The suspect shot by Altoona police early Sunday wanted police to shoot him, a state police investigation revealed.

State police and the Blair County District Attorney’s office ruled the shooting justified.

The Altoona police were dispatched to North Sixth Avenue to check on the welfare of a man after the 911 center received a call from a third party who said the man was going to harm himself, state police said.

The 26-year-old man told a witness at the scene that if the police arrived, he would point a gun at them with the expectation that officers would fire, state police said.

When city police arrived, the man worked the slide on the pistol. The witness and city police said the man then pointed the gun at officers, state police said.

The man ignored warnings to put the gun down before officers fired, state police said.

The man, whose name was not released, was treated at a hospital.

State police said the man was listed as a suspect because it is a crime to point a gun at someone. No charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon.

The suspect is prohibited from having a firearm. The serial number of the pistol he had was obliterated, police said.


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