Police say man killed by officer held knife against mother


HARRISBURG — Authorities say a 20-year-old man was holding a knife to his mother’s throat before a police officer shot him once and killed him inside the bedroom of the family’s Harrisburg home.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said at a news conference Monday that police responding to a child’s 911 call found Earl Pinckney holding a knife with a 4-inch blade against the throat of his mother, Kim Thomas.

Thomas is disputing that account, insisting her son didn’t have a knife. She says Pinckney, the father of a newborn, was not dangerous.

Marsico says Pinckney didn’t comply with police demands to drop the knife before the shooting that occurred around 9 p.m. Sunday.

The unnamed officer is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated.