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

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 30, 2015 12:26 PM
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(Greensburg) -- 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 Junior has been released from the hospital.

The 31-year-old from New Florence was arraigned today on a homicide charge stemming from the shooting Saturday night of St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed, who was responding to a domestic dispute in the Westmoreland County community.

State police were on their way to the home 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. Reed was the first to arrive and was shot in the chest. 

The injured Shetler fled and was captured after a manhunt.  
    

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