Pennsylvania State Police have been given an added boost in their search for the assailant, who ambushed two state police troopers outside the Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania barracks late Friday night. A nonprofit group, Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers, has offered a $50,000 reward for tips about the deadly assault that has left one officer dead and another critically wounded. The remote post where the ambush occurred is located in northeastern Pennsylvania.
On Sunday, investigators returned to the woods across from the Blooming Grove State Police barracks, where the two troopers were ambushed, to continue searching for clues that will hopefully aid in the capture of the individual responsible for the shooting. However, authorities have suggested the suspect has already left the area. As of this afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police have released no new information regarding the case.
Blooming Grove, PA is a small community of approximately 4,000 residents and is located about 35 miles east of Scranton. The barracks where the ambush occurred covers most of Pike County, which is a rural area that runs along the Delaware River and borders the neighboring states of New York and New Jersey.
Efforts by Pennsylvania State Police to identify and locate the assailant responsible for the late night ambush, which killed one trooper and injured another, may have been bolstered by a reward offered for information leading to the capture of the shooter. The troopers were attacked late Friday night outside of the barracks. Bryon Dickson, who was a seven-year veteran of the force, was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was critically injured. According to police, both Dickson and Douglass were young troopers with families.
Dickson, the trooper who was killed in the ambush, died at the scene and had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia area several months prior to the shooting. He was described as a devoted husband, father, and family man. Douglass was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery for the injuries he sustained in the attack. It was reported earlier today that the injured trooper is now conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery. Investigators are hopeful they will soon be able to interview Douglass to get additional information on the crime.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, they are receiving a large number of very helpful tips in the aftermath of the shocking attack. These tips may also be aided by the significant reward that is being offered for information leading to the capture of the ambush assailant. Details of the investigation are being kept under wraps to preserve the integrity of the leads. While authorities have confirmed they interviewed a “person of interest,” police stressed the individual is not a suspect and hundreds of people are being interviewed as part of the investigation.
As law enforcement officials from New York and New Jersey joined the search for the ambush assailant on Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the crime. The rural barracks where the ambush occurred has been left reeling in the wake of the shocking attack. Despite the hefty reward being offered, there are still no suspects, no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
By Leigh Haugh
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