Amid clash with Pennsylvania State Police, DA to discuss shooting probe
EASTON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania prosecutor is planning to discuss his investigation into a fatal shooting by state police troopers.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli has been sharply critical of state police for refusing to relinquish its probe of the May 20 shooting to his office. Morganelli then convened a grand jury to do an independent investigation.
State police were called to the home for a man threatening suicide. Police say 47-year-old Anthony Ardo tried to light the fuse of an explosive device around his neck that turned out to be a firework.
Troopers say Ardo ignored their commands and attempted to light the fuse near troopers. Troopers then shot him.
Guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association say that police shootings should be investigated by an independent agency.