Gunman suspected in officers’ ambush found dead in Pa. – USA TODAY
Two police officers were shot and wounded early on Thursday in southwestern Pennsylvania, local media reported. One of the officers was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh and the other was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
One police officerÂ was fatally shot and another wounded while responding to a domestic disturbance call Thursday in the western Pennsylvania town of Canonsburg, authorities said, and aÂ suspect was found dead at the scene.
The male suspect in the shooting died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. A woman’s body was also found. Police did not identify the manÂ orÂ woman.
A SWAT team and dozens of officers swarmed the home inÂ CanonsburgÂ after the shooting at about 3:30 a.m. local time, State Police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said.
Before the shooter’s death was confirmed, some homes were evacuated and schools in the area were closed.
“Please stay in your homes if you are not being evacuated,” Bondarenka said.
Bondarenka told reporters that a protection-from-abuse order had been in effect at the home. Officers were immediately met with gunfire when they arrived at the scene, Bondarenka said.
Washington County Coroner Tim Warco identified the dead police officer asÂ Scott Leslie Bashioum, 52, a seven-year veteran.
“The other officer has been flown to a Pittsburgh hospital,” Warco said. Â The officer, whose name has not been released,Â was inÂ stable condition after surgery, the Associated Press reported.
Keith Jacob told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he lives two doors down from where the officers were shot. He said he awoke to the sound of gunfire.
“Thatâs what woke me up. Then I thought I heard someone say âMy partnerâs downâ, ” he said.
Canonsburg, a boroughÂ of Â less than 10,000 people about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, has a police force of about 15 officers, according to the town’s website.