Coroner: Man killed by police had multiple gunshot wounds

WILLIAMSPORT — The man police killed Thursday night in Williamsport following a pursuit died from multiple gunshot wounds, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. says.

An autopsy was conducted Monday on the body of Clifford E. Wilbur Jr., 38, a Texas resident who had been living in the Harvest Moon Trailer Park in the Linden area west of the city for about three weeks.

State police have released little information about the shooting except that troopers and Williamsport officers were involved.

The shooting, which Kiessling said was captured on dashcam video, occurred about 10:35 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Fourth Street after Wilbur crashed his car into a pole.

State police said Wilbur brandished a gun, but have not revealed if he fired at officers or what provoked the show of force.

Williamsport Police Chief Damon R. Hagan referred all inquiries to state police.

The troopers involved have been placed on administrative leave but Hagan would not give the status of the city officers.

Information released by state police shows Wilbur was involved in a domestic incident in the trailer park in which a gun was involved and then he robbed a nearby Sheetz store.

They have not disclosed details of the domestic incident, the armed robbery or how they identified him as the robber.

The chase began after the robbery when troopers spotted Wilbur driving toward Williamsport, they said.

District Attorney Ryan C. Gardner will make the determination if the shooting was justified after he receives reports of investigations conducted by his office and state police.

Wilbur was married and his wife lives in Texas, Kiessling said.

Texas court records show Wilbur was sentenced in 2000 to five years in prison on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child with the victim being 12 years old. The sentence included a lifetime registration as a sex offender.


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