Cop charges withdrawn in Wyoming County
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
A complaint filed in Wyoming County Court against Tunkhannock Twp. police officer Mark Papi alleging the wrongful death of a Lake Winola man last fall has been withdrawn.
President Judge Russell Shurtleff on Monday afternoon signed a Motion to Voluntarily Discontinue the action filed by Melinda Williams, administrator of the estate of her late husband Brian Williams.
The original complaint filed in the county on Feb. 24 alleged Officer Papi deprived Williams of his constitutional rights as well as assault and battery in the Nov. 7 incident in which Papi pulled the trigger that ended Williams’ life.
Police officers were at the Williams’ house just off Rt. 307 in Lake Winola to serve a mental health warrant.
A Wyoming County district attorney’s office investigation noted that in the bedroom of his home, Williams 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.
Earlier Monday, attorneys Shelley Centini and Barry Dyller filed the motion to discontinue noting “plaintiff believes the action is more appropriately filed in the Middle District of Pennsylvania” and her intention is “to file an action with the identical claims” there.