Officials identify Man fatally shot by Muhlenberg Twp officer

A man who was fatally shot by a Muhlenberg Township Police officer on Monday, March 15th, has been identified by officials.

The incident began when a woman called 911 to report a man with a knife threatening her at a residence on Wagon Wheels Lane.

Responding, Officers entered the home and found the man in the 2nd floor bathroom wielding a knife. Refusing to drop it, one officer deployed a taser, which was not effective. A second officer fired his gun, striking the man in the chest.

Read More: Berks DA investigating officer-involved shooting in Muhlenberg.

Investigators say Forensic Pathologist Dr. Neil Hoffman performed an autopsy Tuesday on the decedent, who has been identified as 62 year old Stephen James Hughes.

Based on the results of the autopsy, Dr. Hoffman concluded the Cause of Death was due to “Single Gunshot Wound to Chest”. 

The Berks County Coroner’s Office has listed the Manner of Death as “Pending” at this time.

The District Attorney’s office says the investigation is a priority and remains active and on-going, with additional interviews scheduled this week.

Additionally, evidence collected at the scene and at the autopsy needs to be processed, which includes a ballistics examination and comparison.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Berks County District Attorney, John Adams, plans to hold a press conference to announce the findings and issue his legal ruling.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Berks County Detective’s Office at 610-478-7171.