Former trooper dead after attempted robbery

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FORT LITTLETON, PA - Detectives are desperate for answers, trying to determine what led a former Pennsylvania state trooper to commit a bizarre robbery that ended with three people dead.

Investigators say 55-year old Clarence Briggs tried to rob a toll booth along the turnpike in southern Pennsylvania.

Police say Briggs spent 26 years on the force and used to be stationed about 40 miles from the toll booth he tried to rob. Captain David Cain of the Pennsylvania State Police explained, "Briggs retired from the Troop 'T' Newville station, which was part of the turnpike system, in January of 2012."

Detectives say Briggs confronted two turnpike employees and tied them up. When an armored truck showed up to collect money from the toll booth, Briggs shot and killed the two employees. The driver of the truck ran off and then Briggs helped himself to the bags of cash in the back. When state troopers showed up and confronted Briggs, they shot and killed him.

Now, turnpike employees try to move forward. Sean Logan, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike said, "We're grieving right now. But we're resilient and bounce back." As people focus on healing, a long road of mourning surely lies ahead.


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