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Shooting of man outside hardware store ruled justified

November 23, 2019 GMT

ROARING SPRING, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say a police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man outside a Pennsylvania hardware store last summer.

The Blair County prosecutor said the July 26 shooting death of 49-year-old Todd Messner in Roaring Spring “warrants no criminal prosecution.”

District Attorney Richard Consiglio said Friday that toxicology tests indicated that Messner had a level of methamphetamine in his blood that can cause violent, erratic behavior and hallucinations.

Authorities said a man reported to have been acting strangely around a dollar store next to the hardware store pulled a handgun and pointed it a responding police officer, who fired, killing him.

The (Altoona) Mirror reports that Messner’s relatives said he had struggled with mental health issues and was involuntarily committed days earlier but was released hours later.