EAST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania. – A Pennsylvania man who was apparently angry that his ex-wife had been getting their house in their divorce, was found dead early Thursday, several hours after he shot her and later killed his own parents.
Bruce Rogal, 59, died. after a manhunt and police chase that ended when he crashed with his car on the West Bradford Township home that he shared with his wife, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said.
The police said that at least one trooper shot at Rogal after the crash, but it is not clear whether he returned fire. A gun was found in his car, authorities said, but a cause of death has not been determined.
No troopers were injured, authorities said.
Rogal had received word of an order, completion of the separation, which authorities said was sent on Wednesday and “that seems to be what him,” Hogan said.
Rogal went first to the house, where his ex-wife was on the driveway, changing her car’s oil, shot at her and missed. He drove to a retirement center in East Goshen, where he shot and killed his parents, William and Nancy Rogal, who are both in their late ‘ 80s.
Rogal then drove off, and police sent a warning about the car he was driving. The police saw the car driving past the agency Embreeville Barracks shortly before 1 pm and Thursday, and a chase ensued that also involved SWAT-team members.
Aided by a police helicopter, the troopers were able to follow Rogal a few kilometers to the West Bradford near where his ex-wife lives and where the first shooting happened.
The chase ended when Rogal crashed his car into the side of the house.
Court documents, obtained by the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, showed Rogal’s ex-wife had filed an order of protection from abuse against him in 2015, shortly before the divorce.
Rogal’s attorneys had argued that the order was a way to get an upper hand in the divorce and said that some of the incidents she had stated in the petition alleging Rogal had threatened or abused her. The court ordered him to leave the house.
The authorities have confirmed that they have contacted both the special master who oversaw the divorce, and the judge who signed the decree, ultimately, evacuation of the special master of her house Wednesday night as a safety measure.
This story is corrected to show Rogal drove his car to his ex-wife at home in East Bradford Township, not in his home in Glenmoore.