Gunman Who Shot Pennsylvania Trooper Killed In Gunfight With Police
Nelson Township, PA – The gunman who shot a Pennsylvania State trooper during a welfare check on Tuesday was fatally shot by police following the nearly 14-hour standoff that ensued.
The incident began at approximately 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, when Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers with the Mansfield station received a request for a welfare check at a home in the 1500-block of Barney Hill Road, WETM reported.
The reporting party said that the person living at the residence had not been reachable “for a couple weeks,” according to police.
Three troopers responded to the home and attempted to ascertain whether anyone was inside.
“After no response, the Troopers entered the residence through an unlocked door and announced their presence again in attempts to get a response from anyone in the residence,” the agency said.
That’s when the man they were trying to check on opened fire on them, hitting one of the troopers.
They immediately retreated from the home, requested backup, and secured the area.
The wounded trooper was life-flighted from the scene and has since been listed in stable condition.
A second trooper suffered a broken leg as he tried to get to cover during the attack, WETM reported.
He has since been treated and released from the hospital.
After shooting the trooper, the gunman barricaded himself inside the home, at which point the PSP Special Emergency Response Team was dispatched, The Patriot-News reported.
The shooter fired at police on multiple occasions during the nearly 14-hour standoff that followed.
At approximately 2 a.m., the gunman was fatally shot when police returned fire.
The woman who contacted police to request the welfare check said that the gunman had a history of mental illness and described him as a “shut-in,” WYOU reported.
She explained that she owns a pizza restaurant, and that he hadn’t been calling for his routine deliveries over the past three weeks.
She said she warned investigators that the suspect had an arsenal of firearms, and that he didn’t trust the government.
The investigation into the incident remains on going, the PSP said in a press release on Wednesday morning.