The man who was killed was identified Tuesday as Ethan Noll, 34, who was on probation for trafficking in controlled substances.
Before the fatal shooting, according to the police statements, Noll told Edgewood police officers “the only way he was coming out of the truck was if he was shot in the face by the cops.”
During the standoff, he “several times raised his hand with his fingers pointed like a gun and pointed his hand towards officers,” the documents state.
Afterward, police found multiple rifles, shotguns, pistols, ammunition, speed loaders and handcuffs said to belong to Noll, after searches of at least two area houses and his truck, according to a description of items seized after search warrants were executed.
The police statements say the dispute that led to Noll’s death started midday Friday.
An Edgewood officer was first dispatched about noon, when a neighbor of Noll’s wife threw rocks at some dogs that had startled him and growled. The dogs ran to Noll’s wife’s house, where Noll was inside. Noll told the neighbor he was taking the dogs away “and not to worry about them anymore.”
When the neighbor later returned from work, he heard Noll and a woman later identified as Noll’s wife arguing and then saw Noll leave the home in a red truck with an AR-15-type rifle. Noll yelled an expletive at the neighbor as he left.
About 7 p.m. the neighbor called police again, after he heard a vehicle revving its engine outside and went out to see Noll again in the red truck and showing the rifle. Noll is said to have yelled another expletive before driving off.
Edgewood police contacted Noll’s wife. She said Noll didn’t live there but he was taking the dogs, was “possibly suicidal” and had taken a rifle from a gun safe in the home.
About 9 p.m., the neighbor called police still another time after shots were fired “at his home or in the area.” An Edgewood officer told the neighbor he should leave for his own safety.
Two Edgewood officers spotted a red truck and followed and stopped it on Barton Road, and the driver matched a photo of Noll. The driver rolled the window down about two inches and began yelling at a female officer “that females should not be cops.”
Noll “appeared very angry while yelling and talking about other topics including females in the military” and he “demanded a search warrant before he would step out of the vehicle.”
State Police negotiators were called in. But Noll drove away onto Mountainaire Street and he was followed by police back to Moriarty Road and to near his wife’s home, where he pulled over and a State Police officer started negotiating with him.
Noll began yelling, “I’m going to take three of you out with me before you shoot me” and “I have a .357 (pistol), shoot me.”
A State Police Tactical Team arrived and took over the negotiations, and officers took positions on the roof of the wife’s home as Noll continued to yell for officers to shoot and kill him.
Noll threw beer cans out of the truck, which contained several dogs, and then put the truck in gear, but officers shot at the tires to disable it.
Noll then got out of the truck, about 1:30 a.m., and officers fired “multiple” times when he “began to point” the rifle at officers and refused shouted orders to drop it.