The Westmoreland County coroner will hold an open inquest Tuesday into the death of Seth W. O'Donnell, who was shot by a state trooper in an East Huntingdon strip mall parking lot Jan. 4.
A coroner's inquest is typical for officer-involved shootings, said Trooper Stephen Limani of the state police in Greensburg.
The inquest is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, Coroner Kenneth Bacha said in a news release.
State police said Mr. O'Donnell stabbed the trooper in the head before the trooper shot him to death outside the Save-A-Lot at Crossroads Plaza. The coroner's office identified the trooper as Chad Cope.
State police received a call that morning from the nearby Walmart about a man carrying scissors and acting unruly. The man went next to Crossroads Plaza and into the Save-A-Lot grocery, where he was physically aggressive toward one of the cashiers.
Store employees reported seeing the man grabbing items off the shelves and acting strange. One worker said the man swung at her with the scissors when she told him he would have to pay for the items and leave the store.
Trooper Cole arrived at the grocery, and the men struggled inside. At one point, Trooper Cole shocked him with a Taser to subdue him.
State police said Mr. O'Donnell slashed Trooper Cole in the head with the scissors.
Mr. O'Donnell broke free, and outside the store, Trooper Cole shot him multiple times in the chest before he collapsed in the parking lot, Trooper Limani said.
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