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District Attorney Releases Update On Osaze Osagie Investigation

The Centre County District Attorney’s office released an update Tuesday about the investigation into the death of Osaze Osagie, who was shot by a State College police officer last month.

Osagie died of multiple gunshot wounds on March 20 after being shot by a State College officer during a confrontation at Osagie’s apartment on Old Boalsburg Road, where police had arrived to serve him with a mental health warrant.

Interviews of “all persons identified as having knowledge of the incident” have now been completed by the Pennsylvania State Police, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Evidence has been processed and sent to the state police crime lab in Harrisburg for testing — results are still pending.

“Records have been received from outside agencies involved with Mr. Osagie,” and the clinical pathologist who conducted the autopsy is awaiting the results of the lab testing to finalize his report.

District Attorney Bernie Cantorna will complete his investigation once all information is received, and report the results to the individuals and families involved before reporting it to the public.

No timeline was included for the crime lab results or Cantorna’s own investigation.

Protestors forced Monday night’s Borough Council work session to adjourn after staging a lie-in, saying, “If our demands are not met, the protests will continue indefinitely. The demonstrations will continue indefinitely.”

Demonstrators are requesting that the Borough fire and charge the police officers involved, create a community task force of some kind to oversee the investigation, give Osagie’s family the option to review body-cam footage, and provide funds for the family for grief and counseling expenses.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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