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Man killed after York County standoff

  • Andrew Carr, The Sentinel
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Police shot and killed a 72-year-old man in a standoff with officers early Thursday morning in York County, authorities said.

Officers with the Northern York Regional Police Department responded to the 400 block of Hykes Mill Road, Conewago Township, shortly after 2 a.m. for a welfare check, State Police Public Information Officer Robert Hicks said.

Clifton Thomson, 72, was on the phone with Adams County Crisis, when he indicated he had a gun and was thinking about harming himself, police said. Crisis then notified York County 911, and officers responded to the scene.

Police said initial contact was made with Thomson’s wife, who was in the house. She was able to get out and was taken to a safe location, police said.

Officers then located Thomson inside the house with a 30-30 rifle and tried negotiating with him, police said. However, Thomson fired a shot at officers at close range, police said. The officers were not injured and continued to try and negotiate with Thomson, Hicks said.

Thomson then ran out a back door, still with the rifle in his hand, and an officer positioned outside gave commands to Thomson to put the weapon down, police said. When Thomson continued advancing toward the officer, the officer opened fire, hitting Thomson several times, police said.

The officers involved were put on administrative leave per department policy, Hicks said.

The York County District Attorney was notified and requested state police handle the investigation, Hicks said.

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