FORT LITTLETON, Pa. – A retired state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup attempt at a toll plaza and then was shot dead by troopers while trying to escape with the money, authorities said.
Clarence Briggs, who retired four years ago, confronted two Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors with a handgun on Sunday morning at the Fort Littleton toll plaza in Dublin Township, 65 miles west of Harrisburg, the state capital, police said. Briggs ordered both into an adjoining office and tried to tie them up but fled after a struggle, they said. Both employees left the building as a fare collection vehicle arrived and a security guard emerged, they said.
Murder. Cold-blooded, foul murder.
You know who– presumably, since the article states that he “retired after 26 years with an honorable discharge”– was authorized BY FEDERAL LAW to carry concealed across the fifty states?
Yep, good old Trooper Friendly (ret’d).
So next time you hear one of the craven and indignant trot out the oft-quoted line, “Police and military are the only ones [trained / experienced / moral enough / cool / connected] to carry guns,” spit on his shadow* and walk away.
*See Flashman in the Great Game. Those of you who have some knowledge of Afghanistan will understand the reference.