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Coroner: Woman killed by man who ambushed cops

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 10, 2016 5:45 PM
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Police vehicles line streets of the Canonsburg, Pa., neighborhood where two Canonsburg police officers were shot when they responded to a domestic call early in Canonsburg, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

(Canonsburg) -- A western Pennsylvania coroner says a woman found dead in her home had been shot by a man who ambushed and killed a police officer and then killed himself.

Washington County Coroner S. Timothy Warco says Dalia Elhefny Sabae died as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted by Michael Cwiklinski Thursday morning.

He says Cwiklinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after police say he ambushed two officers responding to a domestic dispute in Canonsburg.

Officer Scott Bashioum was fatally shot and another Canonsburg police officer was wounded early Thursday.

An earlier story:

A man suspected of ambushing two Pennsylvania police officers responding to a domestic dispute, fatally shooting one and wounding the other, has been found dead along with a woman.

Officials have not identified the man or woman.

Police say the man died of a self-inflicted injury after shooting at the Canonsburg police officers, killing seven-year veteran Scott Bashioum early Thursday. The name of the wounded officer, who is in stable condition after surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital, has not been released.

Police say there's no continuing threat to the public.

Neighbors tell reporters that police were often called to fights at the home where the shooting occurred. Police have said a woman in the home had a protection-from-abuse court order and the alleged gunman's defense attorney from an earlier incident has confirmed that information.

An earlier story is below:

One of two western Pennsylvania police officers "ambushed" and shot while responding to a domestic situation has died, and police are searching for a suspect, authorities said Thursday.

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco didn't immediately identify the slain Canonsburg officer pending notification of relatives.

State police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka told reporters the incident began at 3:14 a.m. when the Canonsburg officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute.

The officers were ``ambushed upon their arrival'' and immediately shot, Bondarenka said.

The surviving officer was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh, Warco said. His name and condition weren't immediately released.

Police and SWAT teams have been seen near at least two homes in the borough about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. It's not clear whether the suspect was in either of those homes.

Police haven't said whether they know who the suspect is, or whether he's been charged.

The Canon-McMillan School District canceled classes Thursday because of the heavy police presence, and the nearby Chartiers-Houston School District was operating on a two-hour delay.

The original story:

The Washington County coroner says one of two western Pennsylvania police officers shot while responding to a domestic situation has died, and police are searching for a suspect.

Coroner Tim Warco wouldn't identify the Canonsburg officer who was slain because relatives are still being notified.

Canonsburg and state police say the incident began about 3:15 a.m.

Trooper Melinda Bondarenka says the officers were immediately met with gunfire when they arrived at the scene.

The surviving officer has been flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh. His condition wasn't immediately available.

Police and SWAT teams have been seen near at least two homes in the borough about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

It's not clear whether the suspect was in either of those homes.

Nearby schools were delayed or canceled because of the heavy police presence.

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