Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot and a suspect is dead Friday night in Fairchance, Fayette County, Channel 11 News has learned.
Sources tell KDKA that one trooper was shot in the stomach and was in surgery at a hospital in Morgantown around 10:30 p.m. Sources say the other trooper was shot in the hand.
The incident happened at around 9 p.m. outside of the Shop 'n Save on West Church Street.
Investigators said when the suspect, Clarence Belsar, 26, saw the troopers approaching, he began walking away and ignored commands to stop. When they started to physically control him, Belsar pulled a.38-bore pistol from his belt and discharged one shot, striking the two troopers. The other trooper was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. The troopers were injured, but one of them got off at least one shot, killing the suspect. A message left with the Fairchance Police Department wasn't immediately returned. They will be on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the district attorney's investigation.
"We are deeply saddened by the shootings that occurred in our community and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families".