Trooper Involved Shooting Investigation in Monroe County

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Pennbrook Road near Tannersville was blocked off by a State Police vehicle for most of the day.

According to authorities, around 10 a.m., Friday, they were called for a man attempting to take his own life on his front lawn.

Larry Pettiford, 69, was told by troopers to put his gun down.  He didn't and instead shot at police.

A trooper fired back and hit Pettiford in the chest.

Pettiford was flown to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"I did not hear anything and I have my window open in my room so, no I didn't hear anything at all," said Kelvin Duran, Jackson Township.

People who live nearby say this is uncommon for this neighborhood.

"It's surprising because I have been living here pretty much my whole life and I've never see anything like this happen. I've only seen three cop cars pass here, like my entire time living here. It's not something you see everyday," said Duran.

The Monroe County District Attorney's Office and Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the shooting.

The coroner says the manner of death won't be released until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE (7/3/19): The Monroe County district attorney ruled the shooting was justified.

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