DA Set To Detail Transgender Suspect's Shooting By Police

Jan 17, 2017

Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson, pictured, plans to release the details of the police shooting of a transgendered man.
Credit Miles Karson for Mercer County DA / Facebook

A western Pennsylvania prosecutor plans to release details about the police shooting of a transgender suspect whose mother called police saying she was being threatened.

Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson Jr. says his staff was briefed last week by state troopers who investigated the shooting of Sean Marie Hake by Sharon police on Jan. 6. The DA plans to announce their findings at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The 23-year-old suspect was born female but identified as male and used the name Sean Ryan Hake at the time of the shooting.

Hake's mother told emergency dispatchers that Hake put a razor blade to her throat before she left and called 911 shortly before midnight. There were other weapons in the home.

Police have said only that Hake was shot after the situation "escalated."