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Coroner finds state police shot robbery standoff suspect, but say that was justified


GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania — A coroner says a western Pennsylvania man didn't fatally shoot himself during an armed standoff following a pharmacy robbery, but found state police who fired the fatal shots were justified.

Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha (BATCH'-ah) announced his findings Tuesday. He held an inquest in February into the death of 46-year-old Scott Murphy on July 18, 2013.

Police shot Murphy to end the standoff at his Latrobe home after he wounded a state trooper in the eye — a shot that could have been fatal had the trooper not worn a helmet and face shield. Some evidence had suggested that Murphy may have died from a self-inflicted wound.

Murphy's girlfriend is serving 2½ to 5 years in prison for stealing two guns from another boyfriend and giving them to Murphy to use in the heist.

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