Police: Suspect in officer’s death refused to drop rifle

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed. Reed, who had been an officer for more than 20 years, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, after he and other officers were called to a domestic situation in New Florence, Pa. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed. Reed, who had been an officer for more than 20 years, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, after he and other officers were called to a domestic situation in New Florence, Pa. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say the man suspected of fatally shooting a western Pennsylvania police officer refused to drop his weapon, but it’s unclear if he or the officer fired first.

Ray Shetler Jr. has been released from the hospital. The 31-year-old from New Florence was arraigned Monday on a homicide charge stemming from the shooting Saturday night of St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed, who was responding to a domestic dispute.

State police were on their way to a residence after a woman reported that Shetler bloodied her nose, threatened to kill her and himself, and used a wood-burning stove to fill the house with smoke.

Police from neighboring departments were called to assist, and Reed was the first to arrive.

Police say he was shot in the torso with a rifle. The injured Shetler fled and was captured after a manhunt.

We welcome thoughts and comments from our viewers. We ask that everyone keep their remarks civil and respectful. Postings that contain profanity, racist, or potentially libelous remarks will be deleted. We will delete any commercial postings, as well.

blog comments powered by Disqus