PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After the 18-hour standoff that left a state trooper injured and the suspect dead, the girlfriend of the suspect is accused of giving him the guns.
When Scott Murphy held police at bay during the standoff last week in Latrobe, the 46-year-old was armed with a .38 caliber handgun and an assault rifle.
Police say Murphy’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Julian Upholster provided him with those weapons after she stole them from her roommate and then took the guns to Murphy’s home.
“When the Latrobe Police Department originally showed up at the house, she and Murphy were both asleep in the residence,” State Police Tpr. Steve Limani said. “She was there, she walked out a few minutes before, turned herself in before the ultimate standoff.”
That standoff began Thursday night and went into Friday morning, ending with troopers storming the residence and exchanging gunfire with Murphy.
Murphy was killed. Tpr. Brian King suffered an eye injury. Investigators say his bulletproof facial shield and helmet likely saved his life.
Latrobe Police were investigating a pharmacy robbery and tried to interview Murphy but he barricaded himself in an upstairs room and refused to come out.
“That handgun was the one used to commit a robbery at a pharmacy in Latrobe and the assault rifle was used to shoot Tpr. King,” Limani said.
And investigators say Upholster knew what Murphy had planned for at least one of the weapons.
“She had information from her boyfriend Murphy that at the time she was taking these firearms, the handgun was specifically going to be used for a robbery he planned on committing and she took that handgun knowing that,” Limani said.
Upholster remains in the Westmoreland County Prison on $150,000 bond.
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