ERIE, Pa. — A district attorney says state troopers were justified in shooting a man in northwestern Pennsylvania after he opened fire on them.

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri on Monday released a statement in which he said he reviewed witness statements and 911 recordings in the Jan. 7 shooting in Erie.

Investigators say three state troopers returned fire after 71-year-old Anthony LaCastro Jr. fired shots from an assault rifle. LaCastro was shot in the abdomen and survived.

Police had responded to a report of a domestic incident involving gunfire.

LaCastro is charged with attempted homicide and is awaiting a preliminary court appearance in March.

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