A Pennsylvania toll booth was the site of a botched robbery Sunday in which a retired state trooper shot and killed two people before dying nearby in a gunfight with other troopers.
Clarence Briggs, 55, who retired as a trooper four years ago, was identified as the man shot by Pennsylvania troopers at the Fort Littleton exchange in Fulton County, reported the Allentown Morning Call
Turnpike worker Danny Crouse, 55, and security guard Ronald Heist, 71, were killed at the toll booth complex.
A Pennsylvania State Police news release
said that the incident happened just before 7 a.m. Sunday.
Authorities told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
that Briggs confronted Crouse and a female employee at gunpoint and ordered them both inside a turnpike office building. Briggs and Crouse struggled when he tried to tie up the two and Briggs fled with Crouse chasing him.
Heist, a former police officer working for the Schaad Detective Agency, left the passenger side of a fare collection van that drove up and joined Crouse in confronting Briggs, That is when Briggs fired and killed both men, along with firing shots at the van, according to the Post-Gazette.
"The driver of the fare collection vehicle was able to flee on foot," state police said. "Briggs then gained access to the fare collection vehicle and drove it a short distance across State Route 522 to an area where his car was parked. Briggs attempted to unload money from the fare collection vehicle to his car."
Troopers arrived on the scene and one exchanged gunfire with Briggs, killing him at the scene, state police said.
The Morning Call said Briggs and his wife, Donna, had filed for personal bankruptcy in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg on March 9. They listed between $100,001 and $500,000 in credit card, student loan, mortgage and vehicle loan debt, along with having three vehicles.
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