A Middletown Township police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man in what the Bucks County District Attorney called “a matter of suicide by cop.”
Michael Devine, 64, lured Patrolmen Joseph Schuck and Joseph Buckley to his home about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 23 with a 911 burglary call, David Heckler said Wednesday. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt and brandishing a large carving knife, he approached the officers, yelling, “I’m going to kill you,” and ignoring orders “to get down on the ground,” Heckler said.
When Devine got within a few feet of Buckley, the officer shot him once in the hand and chest, Heckler said. The retired Neshaminy School District custodian died shortly after at St. Mary Medical Center.
County detectives investigated the case, and Heckler said he has notified the Middletown police chief of his finding that the shooting was justified.