MASONTOWN, Pa. – The wife of a man killed after he opened fire at a Pennsylvania municipal building Wednesday, said in a social media message that she was OK but not to say if they were wounded in the shooting.
Crystal Dowdell, 39, posted on her Facebook account that she was in order late Wednesday and that the police had taken her phone as evidence. Pennsylvania state police confirmed Thursday that Patrick Dowdell, 61, was the deceased shooter.
Dowdell went to the Masontown Borough building, about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh after 2 pm, Wednesday with a gun drawn and started shooting in the crowded complex lobby. He is wounded by a police officer, who was treated and released for injuries to his hand, before injuring three civilians.
Authorities would not say whether any of the victims were Dowdell the intended audience of or in connection with domestic violence against he was scheduled to appear in court to face Wednesday.
The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. A spokeswoman said Thursday that the two men, aged 35 and 47, and a 39-year-old woman were all released Wednesday night.
Dowdell was shot and killed by a German Commune police officer, who has not yet been identified.
Dowdell, was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with aggravated assault, terrorist threats, strangulation, simple assault and harassment.
The Observer-Reporter obtained court records related to a court order is granted against Dowdell and obtained by his wife Crystal.
Crystal Dowdell said in her August 27 request for a protective order that her husband had grabbed her and threatened her with a gun three days earlier after she asked for a divorce. She reported to the police that he also choked her with a belt two days earlier, after accusing her of blocking his phone number and ignore his calls.
“He said: if this is what I want, this is the way it will be. He said that there was no divorce and he would take who he had to take,” she wrote in the petition.
The final protection granted on 10 September ordered authorities to his belongings, and the car of the shared home and to seize one of Patrick Dowdell firearms or other weapons.
It was unclear Thursday if the order was carried out.