Peter Spencer Death Case : Repots says no charges will be filed in the death of Peter Spencer, a Jamaican immigrant shot nine times while camping with friends in Venango County. According to Venango County District Attorney Shawn White presented a report Tuesday that said Spencer’s death was justified by self-defense under the Castle Doctrine, known as “stand your ground.”
According to White, Spencer was found dead at the campsite along with multiple guns, marijuana, and hallucinogenic drugs when first responders were called to the scene by the shooter after he went camping along the Allegheny River in Rockland Township by alongside a buddy friend in December,
According to White, Spencer became incomprehensible around the fire, calling himself a deity, ordering the campers to gather more firewood, and firing an AK-47 into the air, according to witness testimonies. He’s also accused of stealing some campers’ keys and phones, as well as ordering one individual to the ground at gunpoint.
According to White, his companion attempted to de-escalate the situation, but Spencer responded by pointing the gun at him. He shot 11 rounds with his pistol, killing Spencer, fearing Spencer would kill him and the other two persons at the camp.
“It would have taken around 2 to 2.5 seconds to empty the 11 shots in the gun in a fight or flight situation.” “This isn’t going to take long,” White told reporters.
Spencer’s system had alcohol, THC, and the hallucinogen psilocin, which can cause panic attacks and psychosis, according to White’s study. Spencer’s sweatshirt pocket had an uneaten mushroom containing psilocin, according to the report.
Legally, White said his office can’t establish Spencer’s death wasn’t in self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, he stated that no charges will be filed. The autopsy and interviews with neighbors, he said, corroborated the campers’ claims of self-defense.
During the press conference, White stated, “This is not a case where he was shot once, disabled, and then someone went up and executed him after that.”
State police Heritage Affairs Liaison Officer Aaron Allen said he had already met with the family to explain everything to them before the press conference. Spencer’s family has demanded that justice be served quickly, claiming that he was the only person of color on the trip.
Allen said the shooting lacked any prejudice or bigotry, and that Spencer and the shooter were friends.
Spencer’s family said they disagree with the decision, but aren’t surprised, in a statement sent by their counsel.
Spencer and his fiance were already being investigated by the ATF because of the AK-47, which was missing a serial number, and an AR-15 found at the scene, according to White.
“The ATF is working with a separate incident or ongoing inquiry.” They were involved long before the victim arrived in Venango County, according to Allen.
Attorney Paul Jubas issued this statement on behalf of the family:
“Today the Venango County District Attorney announced that no charges will be filed for the shooting death of Peter Spencer. While we disagree with the decision, we are not surprised by it. This is the type of behavior we have seen from the PA State Police and Venango County District Attorney from the outset.
“Next week, this office, accompanied by Dr. Cyril Wecht, will hold a news conference to respond in full to today’s news conference by the Venango County District Attorney and PA State Police. We will address all aspects of the case at that time. We will announce the exact time and date of our news conference later this week.
According to police, an investigation into the drugs brought to the camp is still ongoing, and charges could be filed as a result.
A social media user indented as Dana Rae Hines, also shared and explain what she understands about the shooting incident as some users poited out that the investigation was intetionsally delayed and they also show signs of unsatisfactory. Dana wrote;
”It’s obvious that most of the people commenting here did not watch/listen to the full account of what happened. To summarize…
He was not simply gunned down for firing shots in the air. He wasn’t even shot for pointing a gun at someone. He definitely wasn’t shot in the back while trying to flee.
For almost an hour he threatened multiple people at gun point, demanding that they essentially serve him fire wood because he was having a bad trip and believed himself a god, demanding that the others feed the fire. This is when he was intermittently firing into the air. When they tried to get away from him and/or get the gun away from him he forced them to the ground, again at gun point, and took their car keys/one of their phones. This back and forth went on for quite sometime. Earlier in the evening the girlfriend of one of the people camping had gone to sleep in her boyfriend’s bus. At some point the boyfriend slipped away and advised her to hide. When it was noticed that she was not present the man that was shot again threatened to kill them all of they did not reveal her location. When they lied and sad she was inside of the building he said that he was going to start “shooting the place up” until he found her. When it became clear that there was no other option the man who had invited him, his friend, withdrew his 9mm and emptied the gun. He was NOT SHOT IN THE BACK while fleeing. The only wounds to his back are consistent with him being shot in the cheek and neck) while facing the shooter and then twisting (which caused two wounds to his side) and then falling forward and having a couple of grazes down his back, and two more into his but before he landed face down. Totally different trajectory than the types of wounds that would be present if he were caught unaware, with his back turned, or trying to flee. All of the witnesses statements line up with the casings found and each other’s accounts of what happened, including the statements from neighbors who heard the shots. There were multiple pictures and videos from earlier in the day showing everyone having a good time. Zero animosity towards one another, zero hate as so many are trying to claim. This is the tragic outcome of a person out of their mind while tripping that became a danger to everyone else there. The shooter did what he had to do to protect himself and the others, period.”