- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor says state police were justified in fatally shooting a retired trooper who killed two people during a botched robbery at a rural Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza in March.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall told state police on Thursday that the unidentified trooper who killed Clarence Briggs “should be commended for his acts of extraordinary bravery in the face of extreme, lethal violence.”

Kendall says Briggs fired at troopers responding to a call for help at the Fort Littleton toll plaza before the trooper killed Briggs with a single round.

Kendall says the troopers put themselves at risk by advancing and rendering first aid.

Briggs fatally shot turnpike employee Danny Crouse and private security guard Ronald Heist. He was loading money into his car when troopers arrived.

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