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Shortly before noon Sunday, the only soul to be seen in the 1000 block of Kelly Drive was a yapping dog across the street from Dequan Williams' home. The district judge campaign signs that line the road give way in front of the duplex to a makeshift memorial that had popped up; candles with messages written on them formed a small circle around a bottle and a Philadelphia Eagles bandanna.

In big red letters on the roadway in front of the home, someone had spraypainted "R.I.P."

Two York City police officers shot and killed Williams, 28, Saturday afternoon when he did not drop a knife after officers told him to do so, according to authorities.

The officers had been responding to reports of a disturbance at Williams' residence in the 1000 block of Kelly Drive in the Fireside neighborhood, according to police.

When the officers arrived there, Williams came outside holding a knife, said Trooper Ed Asbury, a spokesman for state police. As a matter of standard protocol, state police take over investigations of officer-involved shootings.

Asbury said the officers gave Williams orders to disarm himself &mdash "drop the knife, drop the knife" &mdash but he didn't do so. Asbury wasn't sure what kind of knife Williams allegedly had.

The officers used a Taser on him, but it didn't bring Williams down, Asbury said.

The officers then shot him, police said.

Asbury said the officers immediately called for an ambulance and administered first aid to Williams.He was taken to York Hospital, where he died from his injuries later that day, according to police. An autopsy for Williams has been scheduled for Monday morning at the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

State police aren't yet releasing how many shots were fired or how many times Williams was hit. Asbury said he didn't know yet how far Williams was from the officers when they shot him.

Kahley said the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave. The chief said via text message Sunday morning that the department is not yet making public the names of the officers. He said the department and the officers are fully complying with the investigation, but the department isn't releasing the officers' names yet "to give them some time to process the event."

After state police conclude their investigation, they will turn their findings over to the York County District Attorney's Office, which will determine whether the shooting was justified.

Several of Williams' neighbors who The York Dispatch spoke to didn't wish to be identified; all said they didn't know him at all. No one was home at Williams' residence.

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