The suspect in the murder of Pennsylvania state trooper was killed Saturday morning in a confrontation with the police, who had tracked him down to an unoccupied mobile home, authorities said.
Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was killed responding to a domestic complaint on Friday evening in a rural area in Huntingdon County, in central Pennsylvania. An overnight manhunt for the suspect ended not far from the Saturday morning when the police cornered 32-year-old Jason Robison in the mobile home, authorities said.
Cpl. Adam Reed, a police spokesman told the Associated Press that Robison refused orders to surrender and threatened officers on the scene, leading police to shoot him. His death was confirmed at about 10:30 pm
The weaver was shot while responding to a report of a protection-from-abuse-violation of a house in Juniata Township, who allegedly belonged to Robison’s mother.
Weaver is registered with the Pennsylvania State Police in December 2015, and was assigned to the Patrol Unit at Troop G in Huntingdon. He is the 97th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty.
Gov. Tom Wolf in a statement said, the Weaver will be remembered for “his courage, his sacrifice, and his willingness to serve.”
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In the weeks before the shooting, Robison posted anti-police comments on his Facebook page, the Centre Daily Times reported.
“The only good cop is a dead cop,” he reportedly wrote in a Dec. 17 message that was deleted around 1 a.m. local time on Saturday. The post included images of a police car which had been involved in an accident and an injured officer, the newspaper added.
Robison was known to the authorities, if he had been arrested about a dozen times with charges ranging from simple assault to arson, court documents revealed.
The remote area around where the shooting occurred has been closed off while police officers on foot, in cars and a helicopter looking for the trooper’s killer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.