York Co. Coroner: Prison standoff suspect died of gunshot wound

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The York County Coroner confirmed that the Adams County Prison standoff suspect died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back/neck.

York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley identified the man as 31-year-old Jess Leipold and said he died at York Hospital at 2:40 p.m. Friday.

Leipold had been a patient at the hospital since the shooting incident Thursday. He did not have a fixed address, Stabley said.

Authorities said Leipold was dressed in camouflage when he rode a bicycle to the prison and pointed a handgun at a corrections officer in the lobby. In the half-hour standoff that followed, he was armed with a handgun, an AR-15 rifle, a hunting knife and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

Police said he fired nearly 10 shots, but not at officers, and was shot by a trooper when he shouldered the rifle and pointed it at the prison.

Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner said his preliminary investigation suggests the trooper was justified in using deadly force.

Leipold’s motive is still unclear. Authorities said he had no connection to the prison or its staff.

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