We are providing another update on the status of the Jan. 24 incident in Lancaster city that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Jose E. Rodriguez.
We are doing so to keep the public informed as much as we can without jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation, being headed by Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and Chief County Detective Kent Switzer.
District Attorney Stedman will make a final determination on the police action in this incident.
We understand the interim period during an investigation when incident details can not be released can be a frustrating time and lead to much speculation and rumor.
The facts and findings from the investigation will be laid out publicly, in detail with video evidence, at the appropriate time: the conclusion of this investigation.
“We have had multiple other major-crimes cases recently, but this incident remains a top priority,” District Attorney Stedman said Friday. “We continue to await all evidence, reports and video recordings, which are vital to my determination in this case.”
Additional information and evidence has been obtained since our prior public update, but there is more to be done. We are not offering an exact timeframe on the conclusion of the investigation.
“I can assure the public this case is getting a thorough review and careful consideration,” DA Stedman said. “It deserves nothing less, to be sure that we have all possible input and information."
We continue to ask individuals with information pertinent to this incident contact the Lancaster County District Attorney's office at 717-390-7771 and ask for a detective. A Spanish-speaking detective is available, when needed.
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