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RS Shooting Raises Questions About Country's Mental Health System


August 1, 2019

Rick Boston

State Police, Hollidaysburg, continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting of 49-year-old Todd Messner, of Three Springs. Police said Messner displayed a handgun, prompting the officer to fire his service weapon. Messner was pronounced dead at the scene. This photo was taken Friday at the scene.

An officer-involved shooting in Roaring Spring last Friday evening that left one man dead has raised questions about the effectiveness of the mental health care system.

At approximately 4:16 on Friday afternoon, July 26, police were called to the parking lot on the area of the Dollar General store in Roaring Spring after the Blair County 911 Center received multiple calls of a man acting erratically.

An officer from the Roaring Spring Police Department arrived on the scene to find Todd Messner, 49, of Three Springs, in the parking lot of the Roaring Spring True Value Department Store, 75...

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