A retired Pennsylvania State Trooper was shot and killed Sunday after he reportedly shot and killed two people at a Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booth.
Police say retired Pennsylvania State Trooper Clarence Briggs, 55, was trying to commit an armed robbery early Sunday morning at the Ft. Littleton Interchange, Exit 180 of the PA Turnpike.
Briggs reportedly forced Danny Crouse and another employee into a nearby turnpike office and tried to tie them up. A struggle ensued and Briggs left. Briggs then saw a toll-collection armored vehicle approach and shot and killed contractor Ronald Heist as he exited the armored car. Briggs also shot and killed Crouse as he tried to leave the office.
The retired trooper started to unload money from inside the vehicle, but police arrived and there was an exchange of gunfire. Briggs was killed but no other officers were injured.
Pennsylvania State Police say “the investigation is in its early stages,” but their “hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims,” as well as the employee who was forced into the turnpike office, but managed to escape.