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DA criticizes state police investigation of shooting by troopers

LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TWP., Pa. - The Northampton County district attorney is criticizing state police in its probe of one of two deadly police-involved shootings in the Lehigh Valley over the weekend.

DA John Morganelli is calling out state police for leading the investigation into Saturday's shooting death of a man by state troopers in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County.

State police say troopers shot Anthony Ardo, 47, when he tried to light the fuse of a suspected explosive device wrapped around his neck. It was later determined the device was a firework mortar.

Morganelli told 69 News Monday he informed state police when the shooting happened it would be proper for his office to lead the investigation since the shooting involves state police employees.

"That's the point of having a non-biased investigation," Morganelli said. "However, I was not interested in having a turf war at a crime scene."

Morganelli said his office is moving ahead on its own investigation and he's not ruling out the possibility of a grand jury investigation.

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