Officials ID Guardsman Found Dead After Police Standoff

Location of Lower Pottsgrove Township in Montg...

Location of Lower Pottsgrove Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LOWER POTTSGROVE — An autopsy was performed Thursday on the body of a township man found inside his home after a 5½-hour standoff on Wednesday.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office finished the autopsy on Thomas A. Hripto at 4 p.m. Thursday, but a spokesman said the coroner was not prepared to release the exact cause of death.

The incident began Wednesday morning when Pennsylvania National Guard representatives went to the 1300 block of Lynn Drive to perform a well-being check on a solider they believed to be AWOL.

Township police officers who were assisting the National Guard Command staff with the check on Hripto reported hearing a gunshot from inside the house at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Lower Pottsgrove Standoff Ends With AWOL Soldier Found Dead Inside Home (video)

Location of Lower Pottsgrove Township in Montg...

Location of Lower Pottsgrove Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LOWER POTTSGROVE — A 5½-hour standoff involving a man reportedly AWOL from the Pennsylvania National Guard ended with the discovery of his lifeless body in a second-floor bedroom early Wednesday night.

Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz said the Montgomery County Detectives were not called to the scene because authorities do not believe the incident is a homicide. Township police would be conducting a thorough investigation throughout the evening hours Wednesday, Foltz said.

A van from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office arrived at the scene shortly before Foltz addressed the media for the last time and confirmed the subject of the standoff was found dead.

Police did not release the name of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.

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