Man who allegedly killed his parents at retirement community in West Chester reportedly kills himself

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CHESTER COUNTY — A man shot at his ex-wife after their divorce was finalized, then drove to a retirement community and killed his parents, authorities said. After hours on the run, he was found dead early Thursday.

Bruce Rogal, 59, fled the scene after killing his parents Wednesday night and was considered armed and dangerous, said District Attorney Tom Hogan of Chester County.

The bullets missed his wife but hit nearby houses. No injuries were reported.

He was on the run for hours before police saw his minivan and pursued him, Hogan said early Thursday. Rogal led police officers on a chase before crashing his vehicle into the side of the house where his ex-wife was earlier, but she had left and was not injured.

When police made contact with him, he was dead, Hogan said, but did not provide specifics on what killed him.

Divorce finalized Wednesday

Rogal’s divorce was finalized Wednesday and his home awarded to his now ex-wife, authorities said. After that, he allegedly drove to the home in West Bradford Township and shot at his ex-wife as she changed oil on a car in the driveway, Hogan said.

Rogal then drove to a retirement community in East Goshen Township and fatally shot his parents, who were in their late 80s, the district attorney said. William and Nancy Rogal were in their apartment at the senior living center when they were shot.

The suspect fled the scene in a 2002 silver Honda Odyssey.

Shortly after the shooting, area schools were put on lock down, but that was lifted after he was reported dead.

UPDATE (September 20, 4:20 a.m.): Bruce Rogal, the man who allegedly killed his parents at a retirement community, reportedly has killed himself in a minivan that crashed into a home.

According to FOX29 Philadelphia’s Steve Keeley, Rogal crashed into a home in his neighborhood in a Honda minivan after leading State Police on a chase.

UPDATE (September 20, 2:45 a.m.): Bruce Rogal, who allegedly killed his parents at a retirement community, has reportedly been located.

According to FOX29 Philadelphia, Rogal has been located and the manhunt is over.

This is a developing story. FOX43 will provide details as they become available.

PREVIOUSLY: A 59-year-old man is accused of killing his parents Wednesday night at Bellingham Assisted Living Center in West Chester, according to Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan. He also allegedly fired shots at his ex-wife at her residence in West Bradford Township that evening.

District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Bruce Rogal is on the loose and is considered “armed and extremely dangerous.” He is wanted for homicide and attempted homicide.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Rogal received an order making his divorce final and awarding the home to his ex-wife, District Attorney Hogan said. Around 5:45 p.m., Rogal allegedly drove by his ex-wife’s residence and fired shots at her while she was in the driveway. She was not struck. Six rounds were recovered at the scene.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Rogal went to the retirement facility where he allegedly shot and killed both of his parents, who — according to District Attorney Hogan — were in their late-80s.

Rogal is driving a 2002 silver Honda Odyssey with PA plate ENN3549.

This is a developing story. It will be updated when more information becomes available. 

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