DA says state police shooting justified

HOMER CITY, Pa. (AP) — An investigation has found that state police were justified in the shooting death of a former western Pennsylvania sheriff’s deputy who came out of his home with a gun.

Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says in a Thursday statement that the incident on July 9 was tragic but police acted appropriately, the Indiana Gazette (http://bit.ly/13pLBQ2 ) reports.

Troopers were sent to Gary Wissinger’s home in Brush Valley Township just after midnight, where he was reportedly drunk and threatening his wife. Police say Wissinger came outside with a handgun and pointed it at troopers, at least one of whom fired. Wissinger went back inside but wasn’t confirmed dead for hours.

Dougherty says police had been sent to Wissinger’s home multiple times during the past year on domestic calls.

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