Osaze Osagie, fatally shot by a State College police officer

March 20, 2019

Osaze Osagie, a 29 year-old African American State College man, was shot and killed by a State College police officer. The officer was attempting to serve a mental health warrant on Osagie. Osagie had been diagnosed with autism and had a history of anxiety and schizophrenia. According to police records, the shooting happened as Osagie reportedly brandished a knife and confronted the officers. A State Police investigation later determined that the police officer’s actions were justified for the situation, however many in the community and at the university continue to question the circumstances of the shooting. Sylvester Osagie, Osaze’s father, filed a lawsuit against the borough of State College in November 2020.