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July 11, 2013

Service set for ex-deputy shot by state police

HOMER CITY — A memorial service for a former sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot by Pennsylvania State Police in Brush Valley has been scheduled for Friday night.

The service is to take place at Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana.

Gary Wissinger, 55, was killed when police were responding to a domestic dispute call early Monday morning at his rural home in Brush Valley. State police said he answered the door with a handgun and made aggressive moves toward troopers. The agency and the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

Wissinger’s widow, Mary Wissinger, who said they had been married about six months, said she left the house by the back door just before the shooting. She said her husband had been upset and she understood why he had a gun in his hand when police came to the door, but she wouldn’t be more specific.

“I know what fractured him,” she said. But “it’s too early to get into that.”

After leaving the house, Mary Wissinger “stopped and froze” when her husband called out her name three times right after the first shot, she said.

“All I could think was the gunshot and him crying out for me,” she said in the report by the Indiana Gazette.

Jerry Overman of the Indiana County Coroner’s Office said ballistics and toxicology tests are being conducted.

 

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