Turnpike community mourns workers Daniel Crouse and Ronald Heist

March 25, 2016

PTCMOURNINGOver the weekend, a Turnpike worker and an armed guard were killed by a gunman during an attempted robbery of a teller van at the Fort Littleton interchange.

The worker, Daniel Crouse, had been on the job for fewer than three months; the armed guard, Ronald Heist, was a retired local police officer.

According to authorities, the incident began around 7 a.m. when the assailant, identified as 55-year-old Clarence D. Briggs of Newville, confronted two employees working at a toll booth at the interchange. He displayed a handgun and forced them into a nearby office building, where he attempted to tie them up.

He shot one of the employees when they tried to escape and the security guard that had arrived in the van.  Briggs was fatally shot by state troopers responding to the scene.

On Monday, the General Assembly honored them with a moment of silence.

“On behalf of Gov. Tom Wolf and my fellow Turnpike Commission members and everyone in our turnpike family, we are saddened by this horrific tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims,” said Sean Logan, chairman of the state Turnpike Commission in an emotional statement during the Sunday evening news conference.

“PHIA joins the community offering thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of this tragedy,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said.


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