According to the reports the trans man from Pennsylvania was shot to death by the police officer on Friday. Sean Ryan Hake was killed when police responded to a phone call reporting about the domestic violence at the man’s home. Details of the call have yet to be provided by police, but confirmed that the shooting involved an officer. The man was only 23 years old and he has become the third transgender victim of homicide in 2017.
A local paper, the Sharon Herald, has come under fire by Hake friends and family after misgendering him in reports. “They reported he was a female,” a friend wrote on Facebook. “His name was Sean Ryan Hake. His licence said male. The State of Pennsylvania recognized he was a man.” Miles K. Karson Jr, a Mercer County District attorney, told the Sharon Herald that he could not comment on the ongoing investigation.
Carson did confirm that more information should be released by Wednesday. “Our goal is to have a complete investigation and have complete transparency,” he said. “But it’s going to take a few days.” Hake was arrested twice in the past for violation of order, reports WKNB. “He had a genuinely good heart and he had struggled with his problems,’ a friend told WKBN. ‘But he always made sure that he was there for other people.” The officer who shot Hake has been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is finished.