Saturday, March 26, 2016

Carbondale Police Officer charged with Homicide privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews



CARBONDALE PA March 26 2016 After an investigation that has lasted more than 50 days a Carbondale police officer was charged Thursday in connection with a deadly shooting.
Prosecutors say the actions of patrolman Frank Schulze in early February were not justified  when he shot-and-killed Joseph Molinaro.
With his family and friends by his side Schulze turned himself in at the Lackawanna County courthouse.
The Carbondale Police officer is now facing a criminal homicide charge  for allegedly shooting and killing Joseph Molinaro in early February.   
"We believe that the charges today are not only outrageous but they are objectionable" said Defense Attorney Corey Kocharno,
According to court documents -- on the night in question Schulze says he heard screaming near his home and went to investigate.
He was off-duty and got his gun.
Schulze first confronted Molinaro  who ran.
Schulze followed him confronting him a second time  when Schulze claims Molinaro lunged towards him -- and he fired three times, hitting him twice.
 Shane Scanlon, the Lackawanna County District Attorney told Eyewitness News.
"There was nothing that we could see in this investigation that justified what took place on this evening"
Prosecutors say Schulze did not immediately call 911 when the incident started.
 They say there's also conflicting times when he actually identified himself as a police officer.
"Mr. Schulze claims he identified himself as a police officer at his residence. We don't hear him identify himself as a police officer until after the shooting" said D.A. Scanlon,
Schulze's attorney says his client was sworn to protect the peace as a police officer and that's what he was doing and he was protecting himself when he opened fire.
He now worries about the message these charges send.
"I think this is going to send a very bad message to all police officers throughout Pennsylvania, more importantly Lackawanna County. I think police officers will hesitate at the moment of truth" said Kocharno,
 Because Frank Schulze was charged with an open count of criminal homicide  a judge  denied him bail.
 That means he's locked-up in the Lackawanna County prison.

A judge agreed to hear an emergency petition for bail but that won't take place until Tuesday afternoon -- meaning the officer will spend the Easter holiday behind bars.

4 comments:

One Day @ a time. said...

I met Frank when he was 16 and he was a student where I work, He had an interest in technology, worked with me and learned quickly, to the point that when my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (Metastatic melanoma) Frank volunteered to do as much of my job as he could to take some of the burden off my plate. He did so without wanting anything in return, with humility, compassion, and respect for the staff and students he had to deal with on a daily basis.
While he was working this hard he managed to help other students stay focused on their education, advocated for his fellow students with staff whenever they needed him to. He is one of the kindest, most empathetic, and honorable people I have ever met in my life, I have learned as much from him as he may have ever learned from me. I consider him my son and I know his heart.
He is a good man, you have my support Frank and prayers go out to him and the other families involved in this tragedy, because I know Frank is praying for them as well.

One Day @ a time. said...

I met Frank when he was 16 and he was a student where I work, He had an interest in technology, worked with me and learned quickly, to the point that when my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (Metastatic melanoma) Frank volunteered to do as much of my job as he could to take some of the burden off my plate. He did so without wanting anything in return, with humility, compassion, and respect for the staff and students he had to deal with on a daily basis.
While he was working this hard he managed to help other students stay focused on their education, advocated for his fellow students with staff whenever they needed him to. He is one of the kindest, most empathetic, and honorable people I have ever met in my life, I have learned as much from him as he may have ever learned from me. I consider him my son and I know his heart.
He is a good man, you have my support Frank and prayers go out to him and the other families involved in this tragedy, because I know Frank is praying for them as well.

Unknown said...

I believe Officer Schulze was acting in the best interest of his family and his community.
All Officers are on duty 24/7 weather they are paid or not.
So what would have happened if he just stayed inside and did nothing? This citizen was outside doing something to another person to be screaming.
So he checked out the situation, why didnt the other people call 911 and try to assist the Officer that came to their rescue? Weather they thought he was an Officer or not... so it was OK that they were just watching?
This is pretty bad that an Officer can be employed and have no backing.
This Officer would not have pulled his gun if he did not feel threatened.
When an Officer of the law tells you to stop that is what we are suppose to do. Not run and see if we can get away and if he has his gun drawn we are not to lunge and try to take it away from the Officer.
So Mr. DA just exactly are the Offiers suppose to do? I know I will never come and visit your neck of the woods for fear it is election time and who is next. Innocent civilians or the Officers that are to protect us?
Just what kind of example are you setting for the youth of your District you are in charge of? So our future is watching, this Officer should not be being shamed for doing what he was trained to do. UP HOLD the Law and Protect the community where he serves!

Unknown said...

Every police officer should be concerned with this DA's Political Agenda in this charge. It puts all officers at risk. An officer should never have to choose between doing what his right and his career. What is happening to Officer Frank Schulze is a travesty and the ethics board should be looking at Scanlan's actions in this case. Please first responders Stand with your brother in Blue he needs your support and the truth will come out next week at this hearing. Stand with us on Tuesday April 5th and stop DA's using cases like this for their own political gain. They compromise our very judicial system. #freeofficerschulze