One police officer was shot dead in Pennsylvania and another one was reported injured during an ambush on Thursday. Reports state that the incident occurred when the officers were responding to an early morning domestic dispute call.
A manhunt for the suspect is on and the gunman reportedly fled his home in Canonsburg, Washington County at around 3:30 a.m. EST, according to CBS Local.
While talking to the reporters, Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said that the officers were immediately met with gunfire when they arrived at the scene. The Washington County Coroner, Tim Warco said that one of the police officers died after the shooting and the other cop's condition has not been released yet.
While one of the officers was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, the other was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Canonsburg. Neither of the officers have been identified yet.
"I heard the medics say, 'stay with me, breathe. Hang in there. You're going to be okay,'" the suspect's neighbour identified as Shaun, told WXPI.
The cops asked the residents in the nearby area to remain inside their homes as a SWAT team hunted for the gunman. Reports state that the suspect is still at large. There are also reports of schools in the nearby area cancelling their classes in wake of an active manhunt for the suspect. Police said that the schools may also open two hours later than the usual time.
More details are awaited.