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State trooper shot in Brockway
Friday, September 27, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BROCKWAY - Yesterday afternoon, a state trooper was shot and the suspected shooter barricaded himself inside his home, holding off police for hours.
Although details remain sketchy, the standoff is over and a press conference is scheduled at the DuBois State Police Barracks.
A followup story will be published in tomorrow's Progress.
The incident began when two troopers went to a home on Cemetery Hill Road to serve a warrant and someone in the house opened fire, hitting one trooper in the neck, twice.
Fire and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and transported the unidentified trooper, via medical helicopter, to UPMC Altoona, where he was stabilized. Once he was stable, he was flown to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for further treatment.
The Associated Press reported that, according to state police spokeswoman Maria Finn, the trooper is conscious.
Local and state police from throughout the area converged on the suspect's house.
One resident who asked not to be identified said he heard fire trucks and ambulances going past his home and on U.S. Route 219, so he thought there was a fire somewhere along that road.
"Then the cops started coming," he said. "Lots of cops."
The Brockway schools were placed on lockdown as the situation was not far from the schools.
One student said he got home about 6:30 p.m. and only lives a few blocks from the school.
Police on scene included Brockway, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Sykesville, Punxsutawney, Reynoldsville, Sandy Township police and the state police from various barracks.
The Northwest Central Pennsylvania Emergency Response Group was also on scene and had established a staging area at the corner of McCain Street in the Catholic Church parking lot.
Brockway Ambulance, DuSan AmServe Ambulance from DuBois and Brockway and DuBois City fire companies were also on scene.
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