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1 dead in ‘officer-involved shooting’

FORKSVILLE — In what is being called an “officer-involved shooting,” a 60-year-old man was shot to death outside his home Friday morning as law enforcement officers were attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest, state police at Laporte said.

Killed was Michael Norton of 521 Cotts Road, Sullivan County Coroner Wendy Hastings confirmed Saturday afternoon.

Norton was declared dead at the scene at 11:16 a.m., Hastings said.

The investigation is being led by the state police Major Case Team of Troop P – headquartered at Wyoming – in conjunction with the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, according to a state police news release.

“Members of the state police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded (to Norton’s home) in order to take the suspect (Norton) into custody for a warrant,” the release said.

Details of the warrant on why Norton was being arrested were not provided in the release.

The release did not say if Norton was armed with a firearm or some other weapon.

Nor did state police comment on whether the suspect threatened the officers.

Other than calling it “an officer-involved shooting,” state police did not say if Norton was shot by a state trooper, a member of the sheriff’s department or both.

Soon after being shot outside his garage about 10:30 a.m , Norton was loaded into an ambulance, but died in the ambulance.

Hastings confirmed no one one else was injured at the scene.

She said an autopsy is scheduled today at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown.

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