Coroner: Pa. trooper right in scissors shooting

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a state trooper was justified in fatally shooting a man who reportedly slashed the officer with scissors at a southwestern Pennsylvania supermarket.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha (BATCH’-uh) issued his report clearing Trooper Chad Cope on Thursday.

Cope, a 10-year veteran stationed in Greensburg. shot 26-year-old Seth O’Donnell of East Huntingdon Township on Jan. 4, allegedly after O’Donnell tried to stab the trooper with scissors. Police have said most of the blows were absorbed by the trooper’s bulletproof vest, though he did receive six stitches to his head.

Police say O’Donnell was acting erratically before police were called to the Save-A-Lot on Route 119 after O’Donnell began eating snacks without paying for them.

Bacha says surveillance video supported the officer’s account. District Attorney John Peck agrees with Bacha’s findings.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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