Suspect in Pa. state trooper's death shot and killed


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Suspect in Pa. state trooper's death shot and killed in police encounter

The suspect in the death of a Pennsylvania state trooper was shot and killed Saturday morning in a confrontation with police.
Jason Robison, 32, was killed after making threats to officers during an encounter at a mobile home not far from the site where Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was fatally shot after responding to an abuse violation Friday night, the Associated Press reported.

Weaver, who enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in December 2015, is the 97th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty, AP reported.

Weaver was killed during the incident near Hesston in Juniata Township. Authorities executed search warrants in an area just west of Lake Raystown, District Attorney David Smith told WJAC TV 6.

Pennsylvania State Police released a photo late Friday of the person wanted in connection to Weaver's death. In identifying Robison, authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous. “It is believed that his hair is currently dyed purple,” the Facebook post added.

Governor Tom Wolf extended his deepest condolences and prayers to the Weaver's family.

"All members of the State Police across Pennsylvania in this moment of tragedy," Wolf said in a statement. "Landon will always be remembered for his bravery, his sacrifice, and his willingness to serve.

"The State Police are our best and bravest Pennsylvanians, who risk their lives to keep all of our families safe," Wolf added. "All of our law enforcement officers involved are in the thoughts of all Pennsylvanians.”


Pennsylvania state police fatally shoot suspect in trooper's death

A 32-year-old man suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper was shot to death by law enforcement officers Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police Capt. David Cain said.

Jason Robison was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, on Friday. Nearly 100 members of law enforcement -- from game commissioners to FBI agents -- participated in the search before troopers found Robison at about 10 a.m. Saturday near the shooting site in central Pennsylvania, Cain told reporters.

Robison refused to surrender and threatened the troopers before being shot, Cain said.

"Faced with a deadly situation, troopers were forced to discharge their weapons," he said.

Weaver was investigating a "protection from abuse" violation Friday night at a home in Huntingdon County when he was shot, Cain said

"Trooper Weaver was interviewing the suspect inside the residence when the suspect gained access to a firearm and shot Trooper Weaver," Cain said.

On its Facebook page, Pennsylvania State Police said Weaver was "tragically shot and killed while investigating a domestic-related incident."


Suspect in Pa. state trooper's death shot and killed

The suspect in the death of a Pennsylvania state trooper was shot and killed Saturday morning in a confrontation with police.

Jason Robison, 32, of Hesston, Pa., was killed after refusing orders and making threats to officers during an encounter at an unoccupied mobile home not far from the site in Juniata Township, Pa., about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh and 150 miles west of Philadelphia where Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was fatally shot Friday night after responding to a reported violation of a protection-from-abuse order.

Robison's death was confirmed at about 10:30 a.m. ET, said Cpl. Adam Reed, a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman. The search for him had focused in the area around the initial call for help and nearby Raystown Lake.

He had been arrested more than a dozen times in Huntingdon County, which has about 45,000 residents, on charges that included making threats, assault, theft and driving on a revoked license. Robison last appeared in court Dec. 16 when he was released on theft and driving charges after posting $10,000 bail.

Weaver, originally from about 20 miles away in East Freedom, Pa., enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in December 2015, graduated from the police academy in June and was assigned to a patrol unit with Troop G in Huntingdon, Pa.

Survivors include his wife, the former Macy Gottshall. She was his high school sweetheart, and they married him in June, The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News reported.

He is the 97th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty but the only one this year. He is the 139th officer nationwide to die in the line of duty in 2016, the 63rd from gunfire, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Pennsylvania State Police released a photo late Friday of the person wanted in connection with Weaver's death. In identifying Robison, authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

“It is believed that his hair is currently dyed purple,” the agency's Facebook post added.

After the manhunt, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thanked police for its "swift resolution."

"I thank the troopers and their counterparts who worked through the night and put their lives on the line," he wrote in a news release Saturday.

Wolf also extended condolences to Weaver's family, saying Weaver will be remembered for “his bravery, his sacrifice, and his willingness to serve.”

"Trooper Weaver’s life and service to our commonwealth ended far too soon. May we never forget his sacrifice," the governor said. "Frances and I ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in keeping his wife, family, and fellow troopers in our thoughts and prayers as they confront this horrific tragedy."

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