BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — Pennsylvania State Police have identified the two troopers who were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured.
Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded when shots were fired Friday night outside the Blooming Grove barracks, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. Blooming Grove is about 44 miles east of Scranton; the station is in a wooded area surrounded by state game lands.
“This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were leaving the barracks and were shot without warning,” Noonan during a Saturday afternoon press conference, according to the Times-Tribune in Scranton. “This is a traumatic event. It has touched us to the core that such an event can happen.”
“It’s a cowardly attack,” he said, according to the Times-Tribune. “It’s an attack upon all of us in society.”
Dickson was promoted to corporal last year, the paper noted, and leaves behind a wife and two sons, one in kindergarten and the other in second grade.
The shooting sparked a manhunt involving law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
No arrests have been made. State police earlier Saturday identified a man they called a "person of interest" but said he is not a suspect.