Police ID Pennsylvania soldier found dead after standoff

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Published: Jul 12 2013 03:55:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2013 06:07:32 PM EDT
Lower Pottsgrove standoff

Investigators have identified a soldier found dead in his Montgomery County home following a standoff that took place after Pennsylvania National Guard representatives went to check on him, believing he was AWOL.

Thomas Hripto had not responded to the National Guard since last Friday, prompting a well-being check Wednesday, said Chief Mike Foltz, Lower Pottsgrove Twp. Police Dept.

Authorities said they heard a gunshot while responding and weren't sure if he was firing at them, so they called for assistance.

After more than five hours, officers entered the home and found Hripto, 37, dead in a second-floor bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound.

Pennsylvania National Guard officials said Hripto was a member of the 2nd Infantry Brigade of the 28th Infantry.