State police seek witnesses in fatal York City Police shooting of Fireside-area man


State police are looking to talk to people who saw two York City police officers shoot a Fireside-area man to death earlier this month.

Officers shot and killed Dequan L. Williams, 28, around 2 p.m. Oct. 17 when he did not drop a knife after officers told him to do so, according to authorities at the time.

State police are seeking more information; they want to talk to witnesses, or anyone who has pictures or video of the incident, according to a news release. As a matter of standard protocol, state police take over investigations of officer-involved shootings.

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

When the officers arrived there, Williams came outside holding a knife, police said.

Police said the officers ordered Williams orders to drop the knife; when he didn't, the officers used a Taser on him, but it didn't bring Williams down.

The officers then shot him, according to police.

Officers said they immediately called for an ambulance and gave Williams first aid, but he died at York Hospital.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, and their names have not yet been released.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call state police at 428-1011.

— Reach Sean Cotter at