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Man shot after standoff at Adams County prison dies

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 12, 2015 8:43 AM
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Adams County Commissioner Randy Phiel speaks to the media Wednesday, April 8, after a gunman was apprehended at the Adams County prison in Straban Township.

(Gettysburg) --  An armed man shot by a state trooper after a standoff outside the Adams County county prison has died. 

The York County coroner's office says 31-year-old Jess Leipold was pronounced dead Friday afternoon.

He was shot Thursday afternoon at Adams County Prison in Straban Township. 

Authorities say Leipold was dressed in camouflage when he rode his bicycle to the prison near Gettysburg and displayed a gun to a guard in the lobby. 

District Attorney Shawn Wagner says Leipold fired six or eight times into the air and onto the ground during a half-hour standoff just outside the prison entrance and was shot after he shouldered a rifle and pointed it at the entrance. 

Wagner says his preliminary investigation suggests the shooting was justified and "police showed restraint.''  
    

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