LIGONIER (KDKA) — There were hugs and handshakes outside the magistrate’s office after prosecutors withdrew all charges against a local doctor who shot another man during a road rage incident in Ligonier.
A crowd of at least 50 people gathered to support him.
While Dr. Charles Gallo, a psychologist in Monroeville, celebrated with supporters out front, Patrick Pirl slipped out the back. He’s the other man facing charges, but his hearing was continued.
The charges stem from an October 30 incident on Route 381 in Ligonier.
Pirl, who was allegedly driving under the influence, engaged in road rage with Gallo.
It ended when Gallo fired two shots – one of which struck Pirl in the arm.
Defense attorney Harry Smail says that was a justifiable defense under the castle doctrine.
Just one month ago, Gallo was led out of the same magistrate’s office in handcuffs after being arraigned on charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
Today, he’s thankful his nightmare is over.
“All of you helped me to be strong through this and you can be sure that I will be working with our PA legislators to ensure that none of you have to go through what I have gone through,” Gallo said.