LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A man was shot and killed as he threatened to detonate an explosive device Saturday.
Pennsylvania State Police were called to a single-family home on Good Road at the edge of Lower Mount Bethel for a report of a suicidal male who lived there, said Capt. Richard H. D’Ambrosio during a news conference.
The man apparently had an explosive device around his neck with a fuse attached, and threatened to blow himself up as he sat in his car. The suspect refused the troopers’ repeated commands to get out of the car and on the ground, according to police.
Two troopers fired when the man tried to light the fuse. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township.
The explosive device was later determined to be a fireworks mortar, reported lehighvalleylive.com.
County Coroner Zachery Lysek later identified the deceased Northampton County man as Paul Ardo, 47.
Ardo was pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday said Lysek, who declined further comment.
Late Saturday Lysek said an autopsy would be conducted. Therefore, Ardo’s cause and manner of death were pending the completion of the examination.
At a news conference Saturday night, state police officials said the victim was attempting to kill himself by lighting fireworks around his neck.