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Blair County Shooting:4 Dead, 3 State Police Troopers Injured

Four people were killed in a shooting incident that injured three state police troopers in Blair County, said District Attorney Rich Consiglio.

The crime scene extends along at least six miles of Juniata Valley Road, which runs along the Juniata River, said Steve Michelone of Blair County Emergency Management Agency.

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Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg have arrested a woman for her connection to the fatal shooting of three people in Blair County on December 21st. Brenda Shultz, 52 of Hollidaysburg, was arraigned for her acquisition of a handgun on January 29. 2011.

The handgun she obtained was one of the firearms used by her boyfriend Jeffery Lee Michal during the December shooting. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 29th in Hollidaysburg.

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The state troopers who shot and killed 44-year-old Jeffery Lee Michael after he went on a shooting rampage in Blair County were justified in killing him, according to Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio.

Criminal charges will not be filed against the troopers, Consiglio said.

The victims who were killed in the rampage have been identified as Kimberly Scott, 58, of Duncansville, Kenneth Lynn 60, of Hollidaysburg, and William Rhodes Jr., 38 of Hollidaysburg.

The violent shooting spree began around 9 a.m. on Friday morning  and stretched along several miles of Juanita Valley Road in Frankstown Township.

Scott was gunned down while she and another woman were decorating the Juniata Valley Gospel Church for a children’s Christmas party. Lynn was shot to death in the driveway of his home, and Rhodes was killed when Michael rammed his vehicle and fired shots at him, according to state police reports. .

As troopers rushed to the scene, they were peppered with bullets as Michael shot at them from his northbound pickup truck. He continued to flee and then slammed head-on into a southbound state police cruiser, injuring the trooper. One of the other pursuing cruisers then rammed the back of Michael’s truck. All three troopers returned fire after Michael began shooting at them again, state police said.
Michael was struck by police gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are still looking into a motive to try and figure out what set Michael off.

All three troopers were treated at Altoona Hospital and release.

A vigil was held Saturday night at Geeseytown Lutheran Church after three people were shot and killed near there Friday.

“This close to Christmas, a tragedy like this happening…I mean, I think people are still in shock, really,” said Terry Coral, who attended the vigil.

State Police say 44-year-old Jeffrey Lee Miller of Hollidaysburg shot and killed three people while driving along Juniata Valley Road in Blair County. The Altoona Mirror reports the victims are Kimberly A. Scott of Duncansville, William Rhodes, and his father-in-law, Kenneth Lynn.

State troopers killed Miller during a shootout Friday. Three state troopers were hurt in the process.

As community members work to come to terms with the shootings, some say the road to recovery will be a long one.

“I just hope the community can heal. This is the beginning of the healing process,” said Matthew Merchant, who lives in the area.

Four people were killed in a shooting incident that injured three state police troopers in Blair County, said District Attorney Rich Consiglio.

The crime scene extends along at least six miles of Juniata Valley Road, which runs along the Juniata River, said Steve Michelone of Blair County Emergency Management Agency.

The shooter was mobile as he exchanged gunfire with police, he said. Officials said he used his vehicle to ram a police car during the chase.

One of the dead was the unidentified shooter, who got into a confrontation with police on the road near Geeseytown, Frankstown Township, Consiglio said.

Family members of the victims said the woman was the first to be shot at Juniata Valley Gospel Church.

The shooter, who has not been identified, then reportedly shot two men in the driveway of a home after a confrontation at a stop sign.

“This person went to their driveway with a pistol, pointed at them and started shooting,” said Marie Brenneman, who identified herself as a cousin of one of the victims.

She said the shooter was a neighbor of the two male victims and “they were uneasy around him,” she said.

None of the troopers‘ injuries are life-threatening, the DA said.

One was struck by glass after a bullet shattered the window of his police vehicle during the shootout, Consiglio said.

Trooper Adam Reed told the Associated Press that one trooper was shot but saved by his bulletproof vest.

Blair County Emergency Management‘s Facebook page indicates police had “neutralized” the shooter.

Barbara and Bob Stoudnour, who live on Juniata Valley Road, said they returned from a shopping trip to find the roadway shut down.

“I don‘t know what we are going to find when we get home,” Bob Stoudnour said.

A media briefing is expected this afternoon from state police spokesmen at the Geeseytown Fire Hall near Hollidaysburg.

Source: Trib-Review

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Three troopers were hurt during a shooting incident in Blair County that left four people dead, said District Attorney Rich Consiglio.

The crime scene extends along at least six miles of Juniata Valley Road, which runs along the Juniata River, said Steve Michelone of Blair County Emergency Management Agency.

Investigators believe the shooter might have been mobile as he drove along, shooting his vctims for unknown reasons, Michelone said.

One of the dead was the shooter who got into a confrontation with police on the road, near Geeseytown, Frankstown Township, Consiglio said.

None of the troopers‘ injuries are life-threatening, the DA said.

One was struck by glass after a bullet shattered the window of his police vehicle during the shootout, Consiglio said.

Trooper Adam Reed told the Associated Press that one trooper was shot but saved by his bulletproof vest.

Blair County Emergency Management‘s Facebook page indicates police had “neutralized” the shooter.

No further information is available.

A media briefing is expected this afternoon from state police spokesmen at the Geeseytown Fire Hall near Hollidaysburg.

Source: Tribune-Review

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