Officials identify man shot and killed by police

A video of Joseph Santos being shot was posted on Facebook.

July 30, 2018, 12:22 PM

A man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Pennsylvania on Saturday has been identified as 44-year-old Joseph Santos.

A video of Santos being shot while across the street from Dorney Park was posted on Facebook over the weekend. The video shows Santos, a resident of New Jersey, walking toward a police officer in an SUV, who orders him to get on the ground.

He then appears to put his hands in the air.

As Santos continues to move toward the officer, five gun shots are fired and Santos can be seen falling to the ground.

Santos was declared dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to authorities. An autopsy will be performed on his body on Tuesday, police said.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin told reporters that Santos was interfering with traffic and damaging cars, adding that the officer “unfortunately” had to use his weapon on Santos.