Troopers shoot woman in Lawrence County after report of disturbance

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Troopers said they found the woman on the side of the road with a gun and she wouldn't drop it

SLIPPERY ROCK TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – A New Castle woman is in the hospital after investigators say troopers shot her in Lawrence County.

It happened just after 9 a.m. Monday on Copper Road in Slippery Rock Township.

Pennsylvania State Police first responded to the house on a report of a woman causing a disturbance. According to a report, a man called, saying he got into an argument with a woman who had been living with him for the past several weeks. He said she left the house with a gun.

Troopers said they found 55-year-old Maria Rozzi with a gun on the side of the road.

“She refused to comply with commands with the troopers,” Trooper Dan Kesten said. “The troopers’ lives were in danger. At that point, they had to fire gunshots at the female and the gunfire did strike the female.”

Kesten did not specify whether one or both of the troopers fired a gun or how many shots were fired. He didn’t say whether or not Rozzi shot back.

She was taken to a local hospital. No troopers were hurt.

Troopers said the shooting was an “isolated incident” and didn’t threaten public safety.

Rozzi is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and harassment.

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