Cop in shooting hires attorney
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The Tunkhannock Twp. police officer who might be named in a civil lawsuit for the death of a Lake Winola man, has hired an attorney to represent him.
An entry of appearance for Officer Mark Papi was filed in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas Thursday by attorney Michael J. Zicolello of Williamsport.
Late last month, Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell announced that Officer Papi would not face criminal charges for fatally shooting Brian Williams on Nov. 7, although Mitchell did say officers on the scene failed to establish an incident command and properly communicate with one another during the operation.
Officers were at the Williams house to serve a mental health commitment on him because he had threatened to kill his wife.
In a bedroom, Wiliams threatened officers with a fireplace poker. After a stun gun was ineffective, Officer Papi ordered Williams to drop the weapon. When he did not, Officer Papi drew his weapon and fired twice when Williams began swinging the poker at the officer.
Williams’ estate, with his widow Melinda Williams as administrator, filed notice in the court on January 25 that it intended to take civil action and seek monetary damages against Papi,
Zicolello asked the court on Thursday to have the estate of Brian Williams to file a complaint within 20 days or enter a judgment of against the plaintiff for not appearing in court to prosecute a case.