Shippensburg's Sgt. Casey Briggs died...

Shippensburg's Sgt. Casey Briggs died after suicide attempt in ...

There are 113 comments on the Public Opinion story from Nov 6, 2009, titled Shippensburg's Sgt. Casey Briggs died after suicide attempt in .... In it, Public Opinion reports that:

The death of Sgt. Casey T. Briggs of Shippensburg occurred this week after he attempted to hang himself while he was being held on $250,000 bond for a number of criminal charges that included first degree assault, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office in Bel Air, Md.

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smoke and mirrors

Princeton, NJ

#1 Nov 7, 2009
Sounds like dad was trying to hide all the bad stuff his child has done . People should know better by now , someone always digs up the dirt on you . Wonder why the dad would try to cover this up and not mention one word. Granted he served us all in the military but does the end justify the means ? THANK YOU for your service ,BUT shame on him for his acts in the end.

Since: Jan 09

Biglerville, PA

#2 Nov 7, 2009
I felt there was more to this story and odd when first published. A 23 year old doesn't normally just up and die of what was listed. Odd cuz at first I thought did he have swine flu? I can't blame dad for trying to hide information. So sad to read this. My prayers go out to the family.
boohd

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Nov 7, 2009
smoke and mirrors wrote:
Sounds like dad was trying to hide all the bad stuff his child has done . People should know better by now , someone always digs up the dirt on you . Wonder why the dad would try to cover this up and not mention one word. Granted he served us all in the military but does the end justify the means ? THANK YOU for your service ,BUT shame on him for his acts in the end.
True true,But depending how long he was over seas, could have had a bad impact
on him mentally.i have 2 brothers both have served 6 year apiece in iraq.
One is fine 100%, my other brother just can't handly what he's done over there to people..You take a completely normal kid never does or did any thing wrong send him over there,They come back with a lot of problems,some can take it some can't..and try and get the GOV to help him out HAH ya right it's sad what they wont do for their own.
So i'm woundering if some thing was eating at this poor kid and just didn't no who/how to get help mentally.either way to young to pass away...
Just a Mom

Shippensburg, PA

#4 Nov 7, 2009
Despite the circumstances . . . my prayers and sympathy to the parents and loved ones. How sad to have someone so young pass away.
Janie

Gilbertsville, PA

#5 Nov 7, 2009
Perhaps at the time of the interview the family was not at liberty to discuss the details.
A Concerned Citizen

Shippensburg, PA

#6 Nov 7, 2009
Come on people there is a family grieving over the loss of their son no matter the circumstances. Does it really matter what the cause was~~not anymore.I would have Thanked this young man for serving our country.God be with the family at this difficult time.
Pray for them

Newville, PA

#7 Nov 7, 2009
My heart goes out to the Briggs family. This is so much for them to cope with. I do feel, however, they shouldn't have presented Friday's article in the P O at all. The true news of his cause of death came out before the Saturday P O article. It would have been difficult enough for a father to have been interviewed under the circumstances in the way the article was presented with the death just happening Wednesday afternoon and the article in Friday morning's paper. Now the true, extra circumstances involving his death come out in the news the day after that article. I can not imagine how a father could go through an interview with a reporter that soon and actually under the true circumstances, and why???? It is beyond my understanding. It certainly can't be to change the story of what happened to Casey. They have nothing to be ashamed of. They did not have to run that story for that reason. Whatever went on that last week, perhaps only Casey and God knows. The Briggs family know they had a wonderful son and brother. They have their faith. They know they will see him again. I lift them all up in prayers that the Lord will sustain them through this very, very difficult time. Casey is free, and at peace. His family will need any one of you out there to keep them on your prayer list to help sustain them through this journey of grief. I guess none of us know really know how we would deal with such a tragedy until it just thrown right in their lap.....
Double standards

Newport, PA

#8 Nov 7, 2009
Leave it to PO to give all the details on a family
death who grieves just like anyone else. What I
still can't figure out is why PO was so generous
on the reporting of our local district attorney
Jack Nelson. I think double standards stink!!
I don't trust the PO at all. This paper has become
Franklin County Local "Enquire" sold at the local
grocery markets...Trash reporting P O ...
NO MORE WAR

Hanover, PA

#9 Nov 7, 2009
I think this is the saddest story. You can see how this young mans life unraveled. I am just so sorry for the families loss.
chandelle

Hanover, PA

#11 Nov 7, 2009
wondering wrote:
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yes i agree ..wasnt it jack nelson who died from liver failure? the biggest drunk in franklin county....oh but wait we cant let the dirt out on him...shame on you p.o. and the county of franklin! you all fail us all who live and work in franklin county!
any negative comment was deleted as well.
talk about double standards.
Squatch

Philadelphia, PA

#12 Nov 7, 2009
Anyone with knowledge of the law, how do you get charged with assult when you shoot the gun in the air?
Dave

United States

#13 Nov 7, 2009
I realize that news is news but sometimes it is best to let things the way they are.
Dan the Man

Carlisle, PA

#14 Nov 7, 2009
No mention of the huge mistake yesterday. No correction. No apology.

Disgraceful PO. There is certainly a national trend toward the decline of print news, but when you pull this kind of garbage, you have to take some responsibility for your own death.

Some papers die with dignity; some rush the process with self-inflicted wounds.
Revolt

Camden, NJ

#15 Nov 7, 2009
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday a hero and today comes the dirt. I imagine the folks at the Public Offender were just jumping up and down when they got this story. I'm surprised they didn't make this story one that we would have had to buy the paper to read
Boohd could be right- PTSD is alway a factor to be considered. Doesn't matter though, a family lost a son.

I agree with the comments about Jack. as well. Everyone knew what he was.
Mystified

Clementon, NJ

#16 Nov 7, 2009
Dan the Man wrote:
No mention of the huge mistake yesterday. No correction. No apology.
Disgraceful PO. There is certainly a national trend toward the decline of print news, but when you pull this kind of garbage, you have to take some responsibility for your own death.
Some papers die with dignity; some rush the process with self-inflicted wounds.
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! The PO is not worth the price of the paper is is printed on. It seems as if this article was printed with glee. How sad. Well this is just another Newspaper that will go down the tubes, hopefully sooner, rather than later, for lack of readership. Keep it up PO and you will join the ranks of other papers and media sources that are dying out.

“ONE LOVE...ONE HORSE”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#18 Nov 7, 2009
Janie wrote:
Perhaps at the time of the interview the family was not at liberty to discuss the details.
So...lie? Just say "we cant talk about it right now."

Pretty tacky of the PO contacting this fellow...I think you may have been a bit too quick in your attempt to capitalize on their grief.

I still dont even get why there was a story in the first place?- He wasnt active duty and seems only loosely connected with the area.

The article/lie has caused increased awareness and scrutiny of this fellows decline.

“ONE LOVE...ONE HORSE”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#19 Nov 7, 2009
Venuslove wrote:
I felt there was more to this story and odd when first published. A 23 year old doesn't normally just up and die of what was listed. Odd cuz at first I thought did he have swine flu? I can't blame dad for trying to hide information. So sad to read this. My prayers go out to the family.
Same here. The flu being in the media so much makes this story stand out a bit more, and raised a few questions.

But - The story seemed to dismiss any question about how such a young fellow could become "suddenly ill" and die.
sad

Newville, PA

#20 Nov 7, 2009
public opinion newspaper/national enquirer

no difference.

Weak dirt digging reporting. You should be ashamed at yourselves.
I Feel Your Pain

Landisburg, PA

#21 Nov 7, 2009
My condolences to his family.
From the sidelines

Scipio Center, NY

#22 Nov 7, 2009
Squatch wrote:
Anyone with knowledge of the law, how do you get charged with assult when you shoot the gun in the air?
Assault can refer simply to the threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force.
A person may be committing assault if that person attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another person; or, causes such injury purposely, knowingly, or recklessly in circumstances where the person has exhibited indifference to human life; or,
attempts or causes bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.
Furthermore, if a person shoots into the air, he or she has no control over where that bullet will land which amounts to reckless and dangerous behavior that is not condoned by the law.

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