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Montgomery man killed by Pa. trooper fired first: Police

From the Associated Press: A Pennsylvania state trooper says a Seton Hill University student from Montgomery County shot at him before the officer returned fire, killing the man and ending a three-hour standoff earlier this year.

Tpr. Ronald Salandro said Tuesday that he fired a fraction of a second after Joseph Briggs opened fire. Salandro was testifying at a coroner's inquest into the 22-year-old's death.

Authorities say Briggs, of Dickerson, fired 30 to 40 shots from his apartment a few blocks from the school in Greensburg, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Investigators say Briggs had been drinking heavily the night before the Feb. 15 standoff. A roommate testified Tuesday that Briggs had just broken up with his girlfriend.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck does not expect charges to be filed against police.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Montgomery  
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