UPDATE: One Trooper Killed In Shooting At State Police Barracks

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UPDATE 9/14/14 — According to the Pike County district attorney, the reward has been increased to up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. (866) 326-7256

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. -- State police have put out an updated phone number for tips regarding the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove barracks.  (866) 326-7256

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UPDATE 2:30 p.m. -- State Police commissioner Frank Noonan identifies Corporal Bryon Dickson as the state police member killed in Friday night's ambush at the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County.

Cpl_Bryon_Dickson-with-background-name Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded. He is in critical condition.

Noonan says no suspect or suspects are in custody. Noonan says the attack seems to be directed at law enforcement, not the general public. They believe that whoever carried out the shooting is no longer in the immediate area.

 

PA Crime Stoppers is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Call (800) 4PA-TIPS (800-472-8477).

Governor Corbett has ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities in Pike County to fly at half-staff to honor Corporal Dickson.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m. -- State police are expected to release more information about the shooting this afternoon.  A news conference with State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. -- Governor Tom Corbett released a statement on the shooting. The statement reads:

"Our prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty Friday night outside the Blooming Grove, Pike County, state police barracks. We are praying as well, for the full recovery of his colleague who was injured in the incident.

"Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilized society. The incident in Blooming Grove shows, once again, that our first responders face constant danger in order that the rest of us may live in peace and safety.

"At this time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Pennsylvania State Police troopers are working with local and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the person or persons who carried out this cowardly act. We ask the public to be patient as well as vigilant."

Congressman Tom Marino (R-10th) also released a statement, saying:

"My first reaction was pure sadness. Officers and troopers put themselves in harm’s way day in and day out but it is their families that bear a burden as well. The best thing our communities can do right now is seek to be supportive. We lost a trooper, another one is injured. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with them.

"However, my second reaction was anger. I cannot even fathom the mind of a monster that would ambush our troopers. I hope our officers, on the hunt right now, catch the suspect and bring him to justice as soon as possible. We have some of the finest law enforcement officers in the country and I know our communities are in good hands during the pursuit. But I pray for their safety during this difficult time.”

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. -- Police are questioning a person of interest in the shooting.

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP -- One Pennsylvania State Police trooper is dead and another is injured following a shooting at a barracks in Pike County.

State police have confirmed there was a shooting late Friday night at the Blooming Grove barracks.

Authorities confirm one trooper is dead and another was wounded.

Their names have not been released.

It happened along Route 402 in Blooming Grove Township.

Investigators said it happened Friday night as the two troopers were changing shifts. They were shot outside the barracks by a shooter or shooters.

Troopers say no one is in custody and a massive manhunt is under way, with police from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey involved in the search.

Our crews have watched more than 100 police vehicles race up Route 402 towards the Blooming Grove barracks just off Interstate 84.

Newswatch 16 was also there as numerous medical helicopters were seen taking off in the area.

SWAT team vehicles also arrived in the Blooming Grove area just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

The trooper injured is recovering from surgery. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The state police commissioner said it has been a trying night for everyone involved.

"It's very emotional for all of us," said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. "But we're also focused on our investigation. I'm sure this is going to be a very difficult time for them as it is for all of as when we're done working to get this terrible crime solved.

Commissioner Noonan added that, "People in the area can come and go freely but should be alert."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Honesdale at 570-253-7126.

Troopers out of the Dunmore state police barracks are taking over this investigation, while Honesdale state police are handling all calls for troopers at Blooming Grove until further notice.

69 comments

  • news

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  • John Casey

    One has to ask why did Eric shoot the troopers. If they gave him a hard time good for Eric. Give him a medal.
    I wish Eric the best of luck.
    When the police finds him they will murder him for sure.
    In my town we have one Sargent who writes citations when no laws are broken. I hope Eric meets this cop.

  • EbolaJenkins

    They ask for the public’s help, yet they don’t release details or a description of the suspect; this is media “code-speak” for: “The suspect is a black male, aged 15 to 45, approximately 5’7″-to-6’4″ 140-to-220 lbs, with saggy pants, a hoodie, and an illegal/unregistered handgun in violation of at least SIX of his own Democrat-party’s existing gun-control laws…”

  • Geoffrey J Gowey

    Call the NSA. We’re paying through the nose for intense domestic surveillance. If all the monitoring they’re currently performing doesn’t have a record of who did this then they’re useless.

  • William Giordano

    Blessings for the families. to the ones who disrespect, its people like you that make cops hate citizens. and dont give me that police state, or well the cops this…… i have been attacked by cops have my life pulled apart often by them. you have no clue what you are saying, yes we have tyrants but not all of them are. many are good people hoping to make the place we all live better and safer.

  • Bob

    As Crime in BIG City’s seems to grow , One would THINK States with such NEED for every Trooper being so extreme , they would have high dollar computerized camera systems at such angles every car , license plate , and person in drivers seat can be I.D. ‘d , including peoples walking in or around such facilities , threw out such large City’s !

  • dillinger, john

    ppl lose their life evrryday, and im sorry this happened, but i’ld feel these guys would deserve more honor if it wasnt some random act, if they were chsing a crimal to help some1 n got killed.
    these guys were changing shifts?…killed in the line of duty? thats a stretch…

    • roberthildenbrand

      These men and women make enemies so you don’t have to. They police your neighborhoods, so that trained persons do it and not mobs of people who would violate your personal privacy and rights at the point of a gun. Every day is a day on the job for these people, and they not only put themselves at risk, but their families too.

  • Velicity Sparacino

    So sorry to hear about this. I hope that the shooter is brought to justice. What a shame that people have to target the ones who are here to protect us.

  • Ken

    There was an accident between a jeep and a truck in Pike county shortly after the shooting. I would check out the driver of the jeep just to make sure he had nothing to do with the shooting. Very sad for the Troopers. God Bless them and their families.

  • Fred

    Right now all I can think about is prying for the 2 officer’s and the families. May God bless you all. But I do hope when this person is caught and sentenced there are no second chances. You deserve closure not hearing about appeals. The flag at my house is at half staff already.

  • D

    I think everyone should have the right to say what they think/feel without being censored because some moderator doesn’t like or agree or deems it inappropriate. Millions have laid down their lives for freedom of speech even for those we don’t like or agree with regardless of
    what they are saying.

  • Big Lou

    I’ve been following the comments and to all who are sending prayers to the officers and families as I am. I applaud you. To those who spew stupidity and hatred, I pitty you! God bless all those who serve and protect.

  • .

    my prayers & thoughts go to the families of the two officers that were involved in this horrible situation . people are so quick to judge & hate on police officers when in reality they are doing nothing but trying to help the community , keep us all safe and protect us. they are human just like us , at the end of the day , they are just like all of us. hope this individual is found as soon as possible! stay strong to all the officers on this job .

  • David

    I cant believe some of the disrespectful comments I have read. These troopers protect us. Do you think they asked to be ambushed? The trooper that was murdered, do you think he asked to be taken from us? Some people need to be taught respect. We are a civilized society and that is what makes the United States of America stand out from other countries. I hope they catch this person/persons and justice is served. This was an act of a coward who in my opinion deserves no due process. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the troopers involved.

  • Garben

    You have good odds of being shot in phillysport formerly known as williamsport whether your a cop or not and ps when a cop is shot all resources pour in much larger then a civilian I should know I’ve dealt it first hand

  • CrazyLazyLarry (@Skyhawk442)

    I got ambushed by some younger guys, and got a concussion, fracture Jaw, and ribs, and these guys are still running the streets. Where are the Police when a person is attacked? Three weeks, and these guys are feeling good about themselves. Where is the law?

    • crackers81

      Law enforcement isn’t about protecting the citizens of a state. It’s about protecting the financial interests of the state. Any show of support for everyday people is token at best. Sorry, but I don’t wear yellow ribbons and I don’t worship uniforms. Anyone running their mouths about how thye’re “praying” for this situation and doesn’t like my words needs to read their bible a little more: It says with no ambiguity those who live by the sword die by the sword. They made a choice. It is theirs to own.

  • Ed Sanchez

    Here in PA the State Congress is trying to axe pension benefits for State Police, claiming that “it’s just another state job, why should they get better benefits than other state workers”. I hope every one of those pompous desk jockeys take a good hard look at this reality.

  • Sean M. Donahue

    No one is having the real conversation about why everyone hates the police. The papers and tv stations won’e even allow the conversation to take place. I guess if we don’t diacuss problems with the police, then it’s just like there weren’t any problems.

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