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DAs: Police force justified during bank robbery chase

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State police troopers responded appropriately when they returned gunfire on a bank robbery suspect who ultimately killed himself following a chase through Franklin and Cumberland counties last month, authorities said.

Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal and Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed announced Tuesday that they have completed their reviews of the troopers' actions during an hours-long pursuit of 37-year-old Dakin Burgess on Sept. 9.

Both district attorneys concluded justifiable force was used against Burgess after he shot at police, injuring two troopers, and placed the public in danger.

Fogal said the acts of valor and selfless service displayed by the troopers were heroic, while Freed added that the use of force was not only reasonable, but necessary.

Burgess, of Pittsburgh, had robbed an M&T bank in Chambersburg of $12,000 before a trooper pulled him over on Interstate 81 near Scotland. The two exchanged gunfire and the trooper was shot in the foot, authorities said.

Burgess then fled to the Shippensburg area and eventually was involved in a second shootout with pursuing troopers, hitting one of them in the upper right shoulder, police said.

After a trooper rammed his minivan, Burgess crashed into a tree in the 400 block of Roxbury Road in Lower Mifflin Township.

Police surrounded the van and found that Burgess had taken his own life with a gunshot to the head, investigators said.


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