JACKSON TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police shot and killed a man Thursday night in the Poconos. The agency said 59-year-old Keith Carroll was armed with a 9mm handgun.
Police tell us it was Carroll's wife Isabel who called 9-1-1 shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, telling them Carroll was depressed and locked in a room with a gun. Officers quickly responded to the house on Highpoint Dr. in Jackson Township, Monroe County, and while they were able to communicate with him, they said he was intoxicated and made threats against himself and the officers.
Then, just after 10 p.m., things went south.
"A neighbor said to go inside, that the police had their long guns out and that this don't look like it's going to end good," said Craig Wortman, who lives just up the street with his wife Ellen.
The Wortmans said it was only minutes later they heard the shots.
"At least seven to nine shots. I was shocked at first, and then I realized it was gunshots," said Ellen Wortman.
"You could tell it was a high-velocity round. These weren't just like 22's going off," said Craig Wortman.
State Police said Carroll came out the front door armed with a handgun, and police were forced to fire on him, killing him.
But the Wortmans said there was a warning sign hours earlier on Carroll's Facebook page.
"This guy was so disgruntled he wanted to commit suicide. He had posted on Facebook that he wanted to commit suicide," said Craig Wortman.
We found the post Wortman is referring to, posted on Carroll's Facebook page at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, saying "Want to thank Facebook specifically and all the monitors and especially the women that are just out to use men for my suicide today."
It was a haunting message before the deadly encounter with police only hours later. That encounter still has the neighborhood on edge.
"Nobody slept good last night. Everybody, I still hear those shots ringing out," said Craig Wortman.
State Police tell us they are still investigating the shooting at this time.