Prosecutor clears state police in toll plaza attack shooting


HARRISBURG — A county prosecutor is clearing state police for the fatal shooting of a retired trooper who killed two people during a botched robbery at a rural toll plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in March.

After retiring as a York City police officer, Ron Heist became a York County park ranger.
(Photo courtesy of York County Parks Department)

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall on Thursday told state police the unnamed trooper who shot Clarence Briggs to death “should be commended for his acts of extraordinary bravery in the face of extreme, lethal violence.”

Kendall says Briggs fired at troopers responding to a call for help at the Fort Littleton toll plaza before a trooper killed Briggs with a single round.

Friends embrace after the memorial service for Ronald F. Heist Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Utz Arena in York. Heist was killed in the line of duty during the turnpike toll booth shooting, while working for Schaad Detective Agency. Amanda J. Cain photo

Kendall says the troopers put themselves at risk by advancing and rendering first aid.

Briggs fatally shot turnpike employee Danny Crouse and private security guard Ronald Heist. He was loading money into his car when troopers arrived.