FREDONIA — State police say a western Pennsylvania man who fired a gun at state troopers has been shot and killed.

State police Capt. Scott Neal says troopers accompanied a mental health caseworker to the home of 45-year-old Walter McGarvey Jr. in Delaware Township, Mercer County, near Greenville. Neal says the caseworker and troopers were talking to McGarvey’s relatives outside the home Friday afternoon when McGarvey emerged with a gun in his belt. Neal says police used a Taser on McGarvey after he refused to drop the gun.

Police say the Taser had no effect, possibly due to McGarvey’s heavy clothing, and McGarvey fled. After running about 100 feet, McGarvey fired two shots at troopers, giving one a superficial wound to the hand. Police then shot and killed McGarvey.

An autopsy is planned today.



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