EAST HUNTINGDON, Pa. - A state trooper under scrutiny for fatally shooting a man who reportedly attacked him with scissors at an East Huntingdon supermarket fought back at an inquest Tuesday.
Chad Cope, a 10-year veteran trooper, shot 26-year-old Seth O'Donnell on Jan. 4, allegedly after O'Donnell tried to stab the trooper with scissors.
Police have said most of the blows were absorbed by the trooper's bulletproof vest, though he did receive six stitches for one cut to his head.
Police said O'Donnell was acting erratically before police were called to the Save-A-Lot on Route 119 after O'Donnell began eating snacks without paying for them.
Surveillance cameras captured much of the incident on video, and the footage was played Tuesday. There’s no audio with the video, but a store employee testified that the trooper was yelling commands.
O’Donnell’s family said they believe the video showed Cope using excessive force, and they’re considering a lawsuit.
“He’s on video. The trooper got angry and was making decisions out of anger,” the O’Donnell family attorney Noah Geary said.
No decisions were made at Tuesday’s inquest.
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