Witness: Man state police shot and killed had 'crazed look in his eye'

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A Pennsylvania State Police trooper shot and killed a man who authorities say cut him with scissors this morning inside a grocery store in East Huntingdon.

Trooper Stephen Limani of the state police barracks in Greensburg said the man cut the trooper in the head before the trooper shot him to death outside the Save-A-Lot in Crossroads Plaza just before 9:30 a.m.

The Westmoreland County coroner's office identified the man as Seth William O'Donnell, 26, for whom records show an address in Scottdale. An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon.

State police have not released the name of the trooper. Mr. O'Donnell has had previous scrapes with police at stores nearby, Trooper Limani said.

About 9 a.m. this morning, police received a call from the nearby Walmart for a man carrying scissors and acting unruly. The man walked down to Crossroads Plaza and into the Save-A-Lot grocery store, where he was physically aggressive toward one of the cashiers inside, Trooper Limani said.

Save-A-Lot store manager Betty Healy said she watched the man walk around the store, eating food and drinks from the shelves, placing some items in his cart and putting on hats from a winter clothing display.

The man didn't say a word, she said, but swung at her with scissors when she told him he would have to pay for the items and leave the store.

"He had this crazed look in his eye," she said.

The store's owner, John Mitchell, said the man was inside for about 15 minutes.

A state trooper arrived. The men struggled inside the Save-A-Lot as the trooper tried to take the man into custody, Trooper Limani said.

The trooper shocked the man with a Taser to subdue him.

The man cut the trooper in the head with the scissors, Trooper Limani said, a wound that required six stitches.

Ms. Healy said the trooper, who also chased the man around the store, was cut just inside the doorway of the store.

The man broke free.

Just outside the store, the trooper shot him multiple times before he ran and collapsed in the parking lot, Trooper Limani said.

The trooper was receiving medical attention this afternoon.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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