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DA: Reasonable force used in Cumberland/Franklin robbery and police chase

Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 02:17 PM CDT
Written by: Rachel Snody (RSnody@local21news.com)

The Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal and the Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed announced that they have finished their reviews of the potentially deadly force used by State Troopers in pursuit of a robbery suspect.

On September 9th, State Troopers were engaged in a pursuit with Dakin P. Burgess, of Pittsburgh, after he allegedly robbed a bank in Franklin County. The chase ended in Cumberland County.

Both District Attorneys determined that the firing of their service weapons, by members of the State Police, was an appropriate response to Burgess’ actions.  Both District Attorneys say Burgess fired a weapon at the Troopers and operated his vehicle in a manner that placed members of the public in danger.

District Attorney Fogal stated, “The acts of valor and selfless service displayed by numerous Troopers during this incident were, in a word, heroic.” District Attorney Freed added, “The professionalism of the Troopers involved in the chase and apprehension of Burgess prevented a potential disaster. Their use of force was not only reasonable, it was necessary.”
DA: Reasonable force used in Cumberland/Franklin robbery and police chase


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