The week before he went through with it, Scott Murphy had been talking about robbing a Latrobe pharmacy, his girlfriend told police.
All he needed was a gun.
So on Wednesday, Julian Faye Upholster, 25, stole two guns from her roommate and gave them to her beau, state police said.
A day later, Mr. Murphy, 46, would hold up the Precision Care Pharmacy with one of them and make off with several hundred Oxycontin pills, some of which the pair would share before Latrobe police arrived that evening to question him.
And on Friday he would be dead, killed after a 17-hour standoff with state police tactical officers, one whom he shot, authorities said. Mr. Murphy was shot several times, but it's unclear whether his bullet or a trooper's was the fatal one.
Upholster, of Latrobe, faces robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and receiving stolen property charges in one case, and illegal possession of a firearm, theft, firearms not to be carried without a license, and another count of receiving stolen property in the other.
She was in the Westmoreland County Jail on Tuesday on bail totaling $155,000.
According to a state police criminal complaint, Upholster told investigators she drove the getaway car in Mr. Murphy's Thursday afternoon robbery.
Officers went to Mr. Murphy's Lloyd Avenue home about 7 p.m. to question him.
Upholster was one of the people removed from inside the home when officers from the state police Special Emergency Response Team arrived.
But Mr. Murphy refused to come out, barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom and made "suicidal statements," state police said.
State police tactical officers worked until late Friday morning to coax him out, then stormed the house twice.
Trooper Brian King, a Special Emergency Response Team member and veteran of the Belle Vernon barracks, was shot likely twice and had surgery for an eye injury. He has been released from the hospital.
Upholster told investigators that she stole the two guns, an AR-15 rifle and a Ruger .360 handgun, from her roommate on Wednesday and took them to Murphy's home.
The rifle was to go target shooting with Murphy and his children, she told state police, and the handgun for Mr. Murphy to use in the pharmacy robbery.
Upholster pleaded guilty to robbery in 2008 and was barred from having guns, according to the complaint.
In that case, she was accused of trying to rob an Eat'n Park manager at knifepoint and threatening to kill the woman if she didn't hand over the money in the register, state police wrote in a 2008 criminal complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday. An attorney was not listed in court records.
Molly Born: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published July 23, 2013 5:15 PM