MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) – A coroner expects to hold an inquest in a few months on last week’s fatal shooting of a man who reportedly attacked a trooper with scissors at a Southwestern Pennsylvania supermarket.
Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review it’s his policy to hold the public hearings on police-related shooting deaths.
A 10-year veteran trooper who has yet to be publicly identified shot 26-year-old Seth O’Donnell of East Huntingdon Township Friday morning, after O’Donnell tried to stab the trooper with scissors. Most of the blows were absorbed by the trooper’s bulletproof vest, though he did receive six stitches for one cut to his head.
Police said 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.