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Retired Trooper Kills 2 in Turnpike Holdup, Is Shot Dead

March 21, 2016  | 

A retired Pennsylvania state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup attempt at a toll plaza and then was shot dead by troopers while trying to escape with the money, authorities said.

Clarence Briggs, who retired four years ago, confronted two Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors with a handgun on Sunday morning at the Fort Littleton toll plaza in Dublin Township, 65 miles west of Harrisburg, the state capital, police said. Briggs ordered both into an adjoining office and tried to tie them up but fled after a struggle, they said. Both employees left the building as a fare collection vehicle arrived and a security guard emerged, they said, reports the Associated Press.

Briggs then shot and killed one of the toll collectors, Danny Crouse, who had been on the job for less than three months, and Ronald Heist, a retired York police officer who was employed by a detective agency and was working as turnpike security, Capt. David Cain said.

Briggs then fired at the fare collection vehicle, Cain said, and after the driver fled he jumped into the vehicle and drove it to his car, which was parked at the end of a service ramp a few hundred yards away. He started unloading money from the collection vehicle, Cain said.

Troopers arrived within minutes, and the first trooper exchanged shots with Briggs, who was wounded and died at the scene, police said.

Comments (8)

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OK then @ 3/21/2016 6:24 PM

What a disgrace.

kevCopAz @ 3/21/2016 11:12 PM

Wow, there has to be much more o this story, what a tragic way to end ones life after serving until retirement.

Leonard @ 3/22/2016 7:43 AM

Agreed. I'm interested to see if there were some sort of mental issues going on here. A terrible way to end after so many years of service.

Chief 800 @ 3/22/2016 11:07 AM

Crazy Story. As a former officer he knows that he could have gotten the money without having to kill anyone. I am sure that just like banks, toll both collectors are told to give the money and save their life. He was definitely deranged. Sorry on behalf of Law Enforcement to the victims families. No excuses here.

OK then @ 3/24/2016 12:49 AM

Local news in PA is reporting that he and his wife were very deep in debt and either just going into or coming out of bankruptcy proceedings.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 9:36 AM

This is sad. Why would he do something like that. It doesn't add up. I'm praying for his family.

Percy @ 3/29/2016 2:50 PM

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. says "This is sad. Why would he do something like that. It doesn't add up. I'm praying for his family."

Typical, defend the trooper and screw the victim's and their families.
You really are a class act.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/30/2016 4:42 PM

Percy, the retired Trooper obviously had some mental problems. What he did was inexcusable. I'm also praying for the victims families. Does that help you. Guess I should clarify everything, just for you. Why do you have so much pent up hatred wrapped up inside you. And yes, this is sad.

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