Ligonier Valley Officer Shoots Man Wielding a 14-inch Machete in His Hand

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Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania — On Sunday, July 2, 2023, at approximately 3:50 p.m., two officers from the Ligonier Valley Police Department were dispatched to an address on Gravel Hill Road in Ligonier Township for the report of a domestic disturbance. As heard on the 911 correspondence, the caller relayed to emergency dispatchers that the man inside the home had a machete and was threatening to kill a woman inside the house. Both officers arrived simultaneously and found two victims outside the residence unharmed. One of the victims told officers, 59-year-old Robbie Saunders, was still inside the house and was believed to have a knife, described as a machete. Both officers approached the front door of the home and attempted to make contact with the man inside, later identified as Saunders.

He could be seen on body camera footage wielding a 14-inch machete in his hand. Saunders approached officers with the machete in his hand and within feet of officers. Ligonier Valley Police verbally ordered Saunders to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. Saunders was simultaneously struck with a stun gun and with a bullet from a police-issued firearm. Both officers rendered aid to Saunders as they waited for medical personnel to arrive to the scene. Saunders was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown where he succumbed to his injuries. Both officers were placed on administrative protocol while county detectives investigated the circumstances of the officer-involved shooting. Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole W. Ziccarelli reviewed multiple videos from the scene, reports, witness interviews and evidence and has determined the use of deadly force was justified.

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30 thoughts on “Ligonier Valley Officer Shoots Man Wielding a 14-inch Machete in His Hand

  1. Dude had that crazed look in his eyes after he was tased/shot when he rolled over like "You think thats gonna stop me?"

    Glad the officers escaped that with no injuries.

  2. That cop was DYING to fire his weapon. The way he's holding the weapon down at an angle after he discharges it. Then the way hes holding it sideways, trying to be gangster. Imo anyways.
    I will give him kudos for not unloading his clip.

  3. I never get tired of seeing these would-be tough guys instantly start screaming and crying like a little girl when someone doesn't cave into their bullying but instead defends themselves like this officer did.

  4. Officer with the taser was first to fire. Second officer sent just 1 piece of lead. Suspect passed so perhaps a heart or major artery severed. Moral of the story, don't pull a big machete on officers or you may go 'bye-bye.'

  5. He probably has dementia or diabetes or is hypoglycemic, etc. They shouldve retreated. But nope… blast the demented old man infront of his family.

  6. Thank God for the second officer who had his weapon ready. Never be the first officer with a non lethal option like a taser. We know better then this guys come on. Tactics and safety

  7. Typical Wife of Girl friend who called the police because her Man is beating on her then everything is all good until he loses his life because of a Huge Knife. Now she is screaming. Next time call Pizza so the fella can eat and calm down some.

  8. Damn, legally having a knife in your hand in your doorway means the cops get to publicly execute you… This is not justice.

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