Gunman Suspected in Officers’ Ambush Found Dead in Pa.



(USATODAY) – One police officer was fatally shot and another wounded while responding to a domestic disturbance call Thursday in the western Pennsylvania town of Canonsburg, authorities said, and a suspect was found dead at the scene.

Officer Scott Bashioum and another officer were responding separately to an emergency call from neighbors when they were “ambushed upon their arrival” and immediately shot, state police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said. Bashioum later died at a hospital. The officers arrived almost simultaneously, but authorities said other details of the confrontation were unclear.

The suspect, Michael Cwiklinski, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Washington County Coroner Timothy Warco said. Information on a woman, whose body was also found at the scene, hasn’t been released because authorities haven’t contacted her relatives, who live overseas. Police haven’t said how they believe the woman died.

A SWAT team and dozens of officers swarmed the home in Canonsburg after the shooting around 3:30 a.m., Bondarenka said. Before the shooter’s death was confirmed, some homes were evacuated, and schools in the area were closed.

Bashioum, 52, was a seven-year veteran of the force and a father of four. A military memorial outside a town borough building, already decorated with flags for Friday’s Veterans Day observance, became a makeshift memorial for Bashioum, with residents dropping off flowers, candles and other mementos.

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