One Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed and a second one injured after they were both ambushed just outside their barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania in the town of Blooming Grove. Law enforcement was conducting an enormous manhunt on Saturday for the suspect or suspects. The two state troopers were attacked while they were attempting a shift change late Friday evening.
Several different media sources have stated that a person named Jeffrey Hudak is being questioned. However they also say that he is not considered a suspect. Hudak was discovered as police were looking for the shooting suspect(s), but he has not been accused of any crime, stated spokesperson Trooper Connie Devens spoke, for Troop R located in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, to the media.
The two policemen were shot at approximately 11 p.m. Friday night at the quarters in the town of almost 5,000 individuals. It is located just over 30 miles to the east of Scranton. There have been police from all over the region, even include the states of New Jersey and New York, show up on scene in order to offer their aid in helping find the shooter(s). The adjoining Lackawanna County sent out its SWAT team, and helicopters were spotting in the air all around the area.
Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan spoke at a Saturday morning 7 a.m. press conference and stated that they were unable to say that the situation was completely under control and that it had been a rough night for all the police in the search.
Commissioner Noonan confirmed that one Pennsylvania State Trooper had been leaving the quarters while another was just coming on duty when the shots were fired. One officer was killed and the second ended up being injured. He was rushed to a medical center located in Scranton, where he was said to be in stable condition. The two police officer’s names have not been released to the public.
At the present time law enforcement does not have a description of the shooter(s) but explained that they did have numerous leads they were following. Noonan also stated that the ambush seemed to be aimed directly at the state police. He added that they do not think the general public was at risk, but law enforcement were asking for reports from people if they see anything that appears to be out of place or suspicious activity.
A number of roads surrounding the barracks were shut off Saturday morning. Pennsylvania State Police are requesting if anyone has information to dial up 911 or to call the Pennsylvania State Police barracks at 570-253-7126, explained one media source.
That same media source stated that this was the second lethal shooting of a state trooper in northeastern Pennsylvania in the last five years. Back in 2009, another state trooper was also killed after he was involved in high speed chase and it ended in a barrage of gunfire.
Meanwhile, the search goes on for the suspect(s) in the case. One State Trooper was killed and a second one injured after they were both ambushed just outside their barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.
By Kimberly Ruble