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A Cry for Help: Wife of Man Shot in Roaring Spring Says System 'Failed' Her Husband


August 8, 2019

Alda Jays Messner

Todd Messner holds his daughter Brook upon returning from a tour in Iraq in 2008. After his return, his family began noticing a change in him and fought for years to get him help to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

On Friday afternoon, July 26, around 2:49 p.m., Alda Jays Messner talked with her husband on the telephone. A little more than an hour later he was dead.

Somehow in that hour, Todd Messner, 49, made his way from Saxton to Roaring Spring, where he began acting erratically in the parking lot of the Dollar General store.

Witnesses called police and when an officer arrived, Messner was in the parking lot of the Roaring Spring True Value Department Store.

It was there where Messner allegedly produced a handgun and raised it toward the officer, prompting the officer to fire his service weapon, st...

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