Trooper who police say killed 2 filed for bankruptcy in 2015

Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Court records show a retired state trooper who police say fatally shot two Pennsylvania Turnpike workers and robbed an armored car collecting fare money filed for bankruptcy last year and had been accused of domestic assault.

Police investigate at exit 180 off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike where a toll booth worker at the Fort Littleton Exchange was shot early Sunday, March 20, 2016 in an apparent robbery attempt. Authorities say a turnpike employee and another worker were shot and killed in the robbery attempt. The suspect in the shooting was also killed. (Daniel Zampogna/ via AP)

Federal bankruptcy records say Clarence Briggs and his wife Donna had debts of $315,000 when they sought protection in March 2015.

Police say that on Sunday, Briggs shot and killed turnpike employee Danny Crouse and Ronald Heist, a retired York City Police officer who was working in turnpike security, at the rural Fort Littleton toll plaza west of Harrisburg. Briggs was shot and killed by police.

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His bankruptcy lawyer, Chad Julius, says he’s in shock.

Assault and harassment charges against the 54-year-old Briggs were dismissed four months after they were filed in March 2014. He patrolled the turnpike before retirement in 2012.