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Pa. trooper killed in ambush on barracks
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http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/bryon...-1.9304157

Quote:BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said a "very dangerous, armed criminal" eluded quick capture.

"This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were ... shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves," Noonan told reporters Saturday afternoon. "It's a cowardly attack. It's an attack upon all of us in society."

The dead lawman was identified as Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore, a seven-year veteran who had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago. Trooper Alex Douglass underwent surgery and was in critical but stable condition, Noonan said.

He provided few details on the shooting but said the attack was directed at state police. Law enforcement installations throughout eastern Pennsylvania were put on high alert.

"It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen," Noonan said.

The slain trooper was married with two young sons. He was described by friends as devoted to work and family.

"They were a committed couple," Melissa Contorno, a friend of Dickson's wife, told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune. "They were raising a beautiful young family. . It's not fair."

Police interviewed a man they called a "person of interest," but Noonan said authorities are talking to hundreds of people as part of the investigation. He stressed the man is not a suspect.

The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the barracks in BloomingGrove, Pike County, and another was arriving. The barracks is in a wooded area, surrounded by state game lands.

Law enforcement officials from across the region, including New York and New Jersey, descended on the Pocono Mountains to help with the search on foot and by helicopter.

"There has been exhaustive search conducted by hundreds of members of law enforcement," said Lt. Colonel George Bivens. "We have canvassed the wooded areas, neighborhoods. We are convinced this individual is no longer in that immediate area."

Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed Saturday. Blooming Grove is a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton.

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Pike County is pretty rural and it happened during a shift change so it doesn't seem like a random attack. The PSP don't seem to have any info to work with so it's probably not one of the usual suspect in the area. If it was revenge or workplace violence I would think they would have something more to go on so I'm going "anti-government nutjob". This could get worse.
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#3
Could be targeted one trooper was from Philly a few months ago. Going to be interesting what investigation turns up and what cases trooper previously worked on
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#4
Maybe the cops should loot and riot.
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Condolences to the families involved.

Its easy to assume an amount of risk when looking at police officers and everything they do throughout an average day. In this case though these guys got shot just showing up for work.
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Two guys were shot during a shift change. I'm willing to bet one of them was targeted, and that this wasn't a random attack.
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Kinda weird nothing mentions the type of weapon or caliber.
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Philadelphia Patriot;153619 Wrote:Kinda weird nothing mentions the type of weapon or caliber.

They may not know for sure. Shooter at a distance w/ scope who picks up his brass. The bullet in the deceased (and injured) officer could be too mangled to tell w/ certainty especially if it's one of the many 30 caliber variants.
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Philly mob hit?Shrug
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Rik Bitter;153620 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;153619 Wrote:Kinda weird nothing mentions the type of weapon or caliber.

They may not know for sure. Shooter at a distance w/ scope who picks up his brass. The bullet in the deceased (and injured) officer could be too mangled to tell w/ certainty especially if it's one of the many 30 caliber variants.

Exactly! Whoever did it knows about firearms and, possibly, removing evidence. It's going to be an anti government type or ex leo/military.
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