August 20, 2017

State trooper critically wounded in robbery investigation is expected to survive

8-20-17 Pennsylvania:

FAIRCHANCE — A Pennsylvania state trooper was critically injured when he was shot by a suspect in a robbery investigation before officers returned fire killing the shooter, state police said Saturday.

A second trooper also was shot by the suspect Friday night outside a grocery store in Fairchance, a borough about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. The officer was treated at a hospital and released, authorities said.

The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Clarence Belsar. District Attorney Richard Bower said Belsar had a felony criminal record that included a requirement he report as a sex offender.

Authorities said the troopers had arranged a meeting via Facebook with a person selling a video game console they suspected had been taken in a string of robberies in Uniontown and Waynesburg. They said the officers met Belsar outside the Stop ’n Save in Fairchance and identified themselves as police officers. ..Continued..

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