FAIRCHANCE, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania State Police say a state trooper was critically injured when he was shot by a suspect in a robbery investigation before officers returned fire killing the shooter.
A second trooper also was shot by the suspect Friday night outside a grocery store in Fairchance, south of Pittsburgh. The officer was treated at a hospital and released.
The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Clarence Belsar III. District Attorney Richard Bower said Belsar had a felony criminal record.
Authorities said the troopers had arranged a meeting via Facebook with a person selling a video game console they suspected had been taken in some robberies. They said the troopers met Belsar, identified themselves as officers and he pulled a gun on them.
The trooper who remained hospitalized Saturday is expected to recover.
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