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.