4 Killed in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania Shooting; Gunman Jeffrey Lee Michael Dead, 3 Troopers Injured
Four people are reported dead after a shooting in rural Pennsylvania. The gunman is among the dead; three state troopers are injured.
The Altoona Mirror reports that the Friday morning shooting happened along a rural road in Frankstown Township, located in the central part of the state just east of Altoona. Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio said the crime scene “extended over several miles.”
CBS Pittsburgh reports that the gunman has been identified as Jeffrey Lee Michael of Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
Consiglio said the victims were three men and one woman. The woman, now identified as 58-year-old Kimberly Scott, was shot and killed at the Juniata Valley Gospel Church outside Geeseytown on Juniata Valley Road. Scott was putting up Christmas decorations in the church when gunshots rang out and bullets smashed through the window. Michael then allegedly entered the church and shot the woman before fleeing in a truck, leaving another woman who was with Scott unharmed.
Michael then allegedly shot and killed 38-year-old William Harrison Rhodes and his father-in-law Kenneth Lynn in the driveway of a home after an argument at a stop sign.
“[Michael] went to their driveway with a pistol, pointed at them and started shooting,” Marie Brenneman, a cousin of one of the victims, told the Tribune-Review.
The rampage ended after a police chase and shootout, in which Michael was killed. Three state troopers were injured. One of the officers was hit in the wrist and chest, but his life was saved by a bulletproof vest. Another officer was injured by flying glass that struck his eye, a third was wounded in a head-on crash involving the gunman.
Police are still trying to determine all the details of this developing case.
“It’s going to take us some time to put this all together… and know exactly what occurred,” Lt. Col. George Bivens, the deputy state police commissioner, told reporters.
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