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State police say they've found cop-killing suspect's rifle

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 2, 2015 2:10 AM
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(New Florence) -- State police say they've found the rifle allegedly used to kill a police officer in Westmoreland County.

Thirty-one-year-old suspect Ray Shetler Jr., had told police he lost the .270-caliber Remington rifle while swimming across the Conemaugh River during a six-hour manhunt that followed the Saturday night shooting of St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed. 

But police say the gun was found in woods near where Shetler was arrested walking along a highway. 

Shetler allegedly shot the 54-year-old officer after Reed responded to a domestic dispute called in by his girlfriend. 

Police believe Shetler fired three shots, one of which killed Reed, who fired six shots at Shetler.

Another officer fired a single shot. 

Shelter, who was hit in the shoulder, is jailed on a homicide charge.  

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