- Local Guide
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
BROCKWAY â€” At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, scanner transmissions called all Brockway Fire Department personnel to quarters to await instruction, and shortly afterward, authorities from across the area â€” including law enforcement from Brookville and Reynoldsville â€” were called to respond to a staging area on Cemetery Road in the part of Brockway known as Cemetery Hill.
As personnel responded, the nature of the call was revealed, as they were warned that â€ślots of shootingâ€ť had taken place.
What ensued was a standoff that lasted throughout the majority of the evening, with very few details being released to the media, as police set up a perimeter around the house on Cemetery Road.
Multiple sources from the scene reported that police had confirmed that the incident started with state troopers serving a warrant took a turn for the worse when shots were fired.
WTAJ said that one trooper was hit, and the other pulled him to safety.
The injured trooper was shot in the neck, according to multiple sources.
His identity was known, but not released, and KDKA reported that he was in â€ścritical, but stableâ€ť condition after being flown to UPMC Altoona Hospital.
Much later in the evening, after several hours of silence on the scanner, a report of a foot pursuit into the woods was reported over the scanner at 10:06 p.m.
Just seconds later, a transmission came over the scanner saying one was in custody.
Unfortunately, that report was followed by a call for EMS to respond to attend to an injured officer.
Another scanner transmission at 10:15 p.m. said EMS should report to the area of Brockway Honda to assist the injured officer.
Throughout the early part of the standoff, Brockway area schools, which were located a few miles from the scene, were on lockdown to ensure the studentsâ€™ safety.
When it was deemed safe by the state police, the students were released.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.