District Attorney Matt Weintraub ruled that the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man on Aug. 29, 2021, by a Falls Township police officer was justified.
In a letter to Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney, Weintraub wrote, “I have concluded that [the officers] were reasonable in their individual beliefs that both of their lives were placed in clear and present danger by Mr. Jorge Perez at the time that [the officer] shot him. I therefore conclude that [the officer] was justified in discharging his weapon and shooting Jorge Perez, who died from his gunshot wound.”
Jorge Alberto Perez, 48, of Yardley, was fatally shot on Aug. 29, 2021, in a confrontation with police inside a home at 417 Federal Lane in Falls Township.
One of the officers, a trained paramedic, immediately began to render life-saving aid to Perez and Levittown Fairless Hills EMS arrived shortly after and took over. After consulting with the on-call doctor at St. Mary Medical Center, Perez was pronounced deceased.