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Neighbor of man shot by police: 'Fear for my family'

READING, Pa. - The investigation of a deadly police-involved shooting in Reading is far from over.

"[Put] down the gun, [put] down the gun, and then finally 'plop, plop, plop, plop,'" Arturo Segarra told 69 News on Monday.

Segarra recalled the moments police killed his neighbor. He said, just a short time before, that same man pulled a gun on him.

"Fear for my family, for my kids, for my seven kids," said Segarra.

Segarra said he and his family were in the backyard of his home in the 200 block of South 12th Street in Reading on Friday night when 62-year-old Michael Stoudt showed up with a shotgun and threatened him.

He said Stoudt was upset because he was smoking a cigarette in the alley that separates their backyards. His family quickly ran inside for cover.

"The kids crying, my mother's crying, my sister crying," he said.

Segarra said he rushed to call police. When they arrived at Stoudt's home in the 1200 block of Spruce Street, he was on the front porch and officers were staring down the barrel of a gun.

"The individual didn't drop the weapon. The weapon was pointed at police, Lethal force was utilized by members of the Reading Police Department," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

Authorities said one officer fired several shots at Stoudt, and he collapsed in the front doorway of his home. He was dead when officers approached him.

Segarra said he never had a problem with his neighbor before.

"Three years this is my house." he said. "Three years with the barbecue in the back, no problem."

This investigation is ongoing. Protocol in Berks County is that an outside agency investigates all officer-involved shootings.

In this case, county detectives are investigating since Reading officers were the ones involved.

The district attorney said he'll release more information in the next few days.


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