PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There are new details on the condition of the state trooper who was injured during an 18-hour standoff at a home in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.
Trooper Brian King is now out of the hospital. He left UPMC Presbyterian Hospital today after a successful eye surgery.
He’d been taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after authorities say 46-year-old Scott Murphy opened fire on King and other members of the Special Emergency Response Team.
Trooper King was one of the first to go into the Latrobe home where Murphy was.
Officials say King was likely saved by his protective helmet. He suffered an eye injury when a bullet shattered the ballistic shield on that helmet.
King is married and has children and has been a state trooper for 15 years.
KDKA has also learned that before his career in law enforcement, King was a Penn State football player.
He’s a well-liked and respected trooper, and was in good spirits when his colleagues visited him.
“Just squeezed his hand, said we’re here for you, we’re praying for you,” said Trooper Robin Mungo, of Pennsylvania State Police. “And knowing Brian King the way I know him, he just smiled and said, ‘Thanks, I’m going to be ok.’”
There are also new details about Murphy, the suspect who was fatally shot yesterday. KDKA is told that Murphy was shot once in the head and multiple times on other parts of his body from different weapons.
The Westmoreland County Coroner is expected to release more details about the autopsy findings next week.