Coroner: Victim died of gunshot wounds
July 10, 2013 11:00 AM
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PITTSBURGH — An autopsy conducted Tuesday showed that a former Indiana County deputy sheriff died of gunshot wounds during a confrontation with state police at his home in Brush Valley.

The post-mortem findings “were consistent with initial reports” that Gary Wissinger died of multiple wounds, Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker reported Tuesday night.

Baker said the manner of his death has not been determined, and that his investigation is continuing.

Few other details were released.

Officials at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office, where the autopsy was performed, referred all questions to the Indiana County coroner’s office.

Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty this morning declined to comment on the findings.

According to state police, authorities received a call about a domestic dispute at Wissinger’s home late Sunday night and the troopers reaching the scene just after midnight found Wissinger, 55, at his door armed with a handgun.

Wissinger pointed the gun in the direction of the troopers, one of whom fired an unspecified number of shots at Wissinger.

Wissinger, 55, closed the door and did not respond to officers. A special tactics team broke into the house several hours later and found him dead, police said.

Troopers said the call about the domestic dispute was the second one police had answered in the past three months at his residence. Wissinger’s wife, Mary, safely fled the house during the incident, investigators said.

Wissinger served as a deputy for the Indiana County sheriff’s office from 1994 to 2008, and worked as a corrections officer at the county jail at various times between 1982 and 1989.

The Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home in Indiana will handle the funeral arrangements. Details have not been announced.

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