- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SOUTH GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man was fatally shot by a state trooper while using a rifle to try and carjack a woman shortly after his release from jail for violating a protection from abuse order obtained by his parents.

Edward Gorinski, 28, of Greensburg, had been released from the Westmoreland County jail about two hours before a trooper - who is not being named - encountered Gorinski shortly after 8 p.m. Monday in South Greensburg.

The trooper was on his way to a residence in the tiny borough, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, because that’s where Gorinski allegedly placed phone calls to his parents that violated the protective order, police said.

Before the trooper got to the residence, he saw Gorinski and gave chase. That’s when Gorinski pointed a rifle at a woman who was driving by, apparently so he could carjack the vehicle to get away from police. When Gorinski refused four requests by the trooper to drop the weapon, which was pointed at the woman, the trooper shot Gorinski.

“Unfortunately, our trooper was left with no choice but to try to protect the people around him and the woman in that vehicle,” said Trooper Steve Limani, a spokesman for the Greensburg state police barracks.



A woman Gorinski knew lived in the area and police determined he had forced his way into that residence, made the phone calls and obtained the .22-caliber firearm he had when he was shot by police.

The trooper who shot Gorinski, and the woman whose car Gorinski tried to steal, weren’t injured.

The four-year veteran trooper has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is routine in officer-involved shootings.

Online court records and county jail records obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review show Gorinski had been jailed since March 10 for violating the protective order and had been released about 6 p.m. Monday. The Associated Press could not immediately locate a phone number for Gorinski’s parents.

Gorinski was sentenced to 126 days to one year in jail followed by a year’s probation in November 2013 after he pleaded guilty to threatening troopers who responded to his parents’ home in Hempfield Township when he violated a previous protective order in June 2013. Gorinski was paroled to a mental health facility after his release from jail, online court records show.

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