CANONSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — The coroner says one of two western Pennsylvania police officers shot while responding to a domestic situation has died, and police are searching for a suspect.
Washington County Coroner Tim Warco wouldn’t identify the Canonsburg officer who was slain because relatives are still being notified.
“It is my sad duty to announce that one officer is deceased and the other officer has been flown to a Pittsburgh hospital,” Warco says. “Obviously, it’s very sketchy at this point it’s still an active scene and search of the shooter.”
Canonsburg and state police say the incident began about 3:15 a.m.
Trooper Melinda Bondarenka tells reporters the officers were immediately met with gunfire when they arrived at the scene. Police say this appears to be an ambush shooting.
The surviving officer has been flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh. His condition wasn’t immediately available.
Police and SWAT teams have been seen near at least two homes in the borough about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. It’s not clear whether the suspect was in either of those homes.
Nearby schools were delayed or canceled because of the heavy police presence.