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The Pocono Record
By Joseph Kohut, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. (TNS)
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at 6:22 PM Updated Jun 25, 2018 at 7:24 PM
HONESDALE — Three state troopers are on administrative leave today after a standoff in Prompton ended with authorities shooting and killing a 36-year-old man.
James Sorrentino, of Balsam Swamp Road, fired a shotgun at his brother, Charles Sorrentino, and his mother, Patricia Sorrentino, at about 2:15 a.m., state police at Honesdale said.
The shooting is under investigation but officials have released few details so far. District Attorney Patrick Robinson said that it “initially appears that PSP exercised great restraint in this incident.”
Charles and Patricia Sorrentino escaped unharmed.
The shooting touched off a standoff that lasted until 7:15 a.m. when Sorrentino shot at state police. The troopers fired back and killed him.
In an affidavit state police filed this morning, state police wrote that James Sorrentino had schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. He had recently been hospitalized.
In a news release, the district attorney said that Sorrentino had been refusing to take his medication.
The state troopers who opened fire have not been identified.
Robinson said he expects to make a determination on whether the shooting was justified in a matter of days, rather than weeks.