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July 18, 2013

Brush Valley man was shot by trooper, coroner says

HOMER CITY — A coroner says a former sheriff’s deputy died from shots fired by Pennsylvania State Police and not his own gun following a domestic dispute.

The Indiana County Coroner ruled Gary Wissinger’s death a homicide, meaning someone else shot him just after midnight July 8.

The Indiana Gazette reports troopers were sent to Wissinger’s home in Brush Valley Township, where he was reportedly drunk and threatening his wife.

State police say Wissinger came outside with a handgun and pointed it at troopers, at least one of whom fired. Wissinger went back inside but wasn’t confirmed dead for hours.

According to a criminal complaint troopers filed before Wissinger’s fate was known, Trooper Chad Corbett reported firing six to eight shots at Wissinger.

The district attorney must still determine whether the shooting was justified.


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