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Thursday, September 26, 2013

State Trooper Injured in Jefferson County

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. :The man police believe shot and critically injured a state trooper Thursday afternoon shot himself early this morning as a Special Emergency Response Team unit surrounded his Brockway home.

Kenneth Lees Sr. has been identified as the dead man. His son, Kenneth Lees Jr. is in police custody. State trooper Brad Wilson of the DuBois barracks remains in critical but stable condition at UPMC Altoona.

The state police news conference originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m. has been moved to 11 a.m.

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UPDATE 9 AM: The standoff ended at about 7:30 this morning. Police have not identified the shooter yet, and they have not commented on his condition. They are expected to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

The state trooper who was shot Thursday afternoon remains in critical but stable condition at UPMC Altoona.

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UPDATE 9:30 PM: A state police Special Emergency Response Team unit is still surrounding a Brockway house where a state trooper was shot this afternoon.

The injured trooper is in critical but stable condition at UPMC Altoona. His named has not been released, but he is from the DuBois barracks.

Two troopers were serving a warrant to a man on Cemetery Hill Road when shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. The incident prompted a lockdown of Brockway schools until about 6:30 p.m., when students were either released to their parents or bused home.

State police expect to hold a news conference later tonight.

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UPDATE: The school lockdown was lifted at about 6:30 p.m. The shooter is inside his house and police have it surrounded. The injured state trooper is in stable condition at UPMC-Altoona

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UPDATE: One state trooper was shot and has been taken by helicopter to UPMC Altoona, where he is conscious and alert. The other trooper was not shot, but was shot at while the two were serving a warrant at a home on Cemetery Hill Road. The shooter is still at large. Schools are still on lockdown. A police SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) unit is on its way to the scene.

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UPDATE: Two state troopers were shot. The gunman is still at large and schools are still on lockdown as of 4:02 p.m.

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A state trooper has been injured and Brockway schools were on lockdown this afternoon in what police are describing as an “ongoing situation.”

They have not elaborated on the extent of the trooper’s injuries.

The incident happened on Cemetery Hill Road, just outside of Brockway.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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