Mother: Son shouldn't have been shot by Butler police officer

Morris County prosecutors are investigating a shooting inside a Butler home.

Morris County prosecutors are investigating a shooting inside a Butler home. (4/1/16)

BUTLER - The mother of a 23-year-old man reportedly shot by a Butler police officer says that her son did not want any confrontation.

Kelly Siewerd, speaking exclusively with News 12 New Jersey, says that her son Dylan Hannah had just arrived at his grandparents’ house on West Belleview Avenue Thursday night when Butler police officers busted down the door. Siewerd says that Hannah was trying to climb out of a window when an officer shot at him at least four times.

Butler police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are saying very little about the investigation. The prosecutor’s office would only confirm that a Butler police officer discharged his weapon at the scene.

“He was running away from the confrontation,” Kelly Siewerd says. “I just think that they were labeling him because of past experiences they had with him, and I don’t think that’s right.”

Neighbors tell News 12 New Jersey that the officer who reportedly shot Hannah seemed to be badly shaken after the incident.

“He was laying on the floor too,” says one neighbor who did not wish to be identified. “The other cops were consoling him.”

Hannah’s mother admits that her son has been in trouble with the law before, but says he did not deserve to be shot. He is in the hospital with damage to his liver, lungs and stomach. He also had to have his gallbladder removed. He is said to be in critical condition and is on a respirator after undergoing surgery.

There are reports that say that Hannah may have pointed a gun at police, but Siewerd says that this is not true.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Morris County Sheriff's Office and the state Attorney General's Office are working together to investigate the shooting.

 

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