Seton Hill University Student Killed After Standoff
Sunday, February 15, 2009 – updated: 4:14 pm EST February 15, 2009
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- A Seton Hill University student was killed following a three-hour standoff early Sunday in Greensburg.
Greensburg police were called to the 400 block of Concord Avenue about 4 a.m. for a report of a man threatening himself and his roommates.
That man was later identified as Joseph Briggs, 22. Officers arriving on scene discovered that Briggs was armed and barricaded inside his house.
Police report that during the standoff Briggs fired between 30-40 shots over a three hour period, hitting parked cars and at least one other residence.
A witness said Briggs shouted statements at the police such as, "I'm not going to jail."
Briggs refused to give himself up and he was eventually shot by police while aiming a long-barrelled weapon out of a window.
The Westmoreland County Coroner pronounced Briggs dead at the scene.
A preliminary investigation by the state police revealed that Briggs may have been heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident.
His roommates said that he may have been having personal problems with regard to a relationship.
An anonymous source reported that Briggs was at one time a member of the Seton Hill University football team.
Because of the proximity to the university's campus, students were asked to stay in place and campus buildings were locked down.
According to Seton Hill administrators, the E-2 Campus system was used to to communicate the seriousness of the situation to students on campus.
As soon as the situation was secure, the lockdown and alert were lifted.
Counseling services are available for students and members of the Seton Hill community.
A Mass will be held in the Saint Joseph Chapel at 7:00 p.m. this evening.
Stay with Channel 11 News for the latest on this developing story.