3 Dead After Pa. Cops Are 'Ambushed'

1 cop dead, another injured in Canonsburg
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Police vehicles wait outside Canonsburg Hospital on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – An "ambush" on two Pennsylvania police officers was just the start of a deadly night in Canonsburg that left three people dead, including an officer. Police say two officers were ambushed as they drew near the front of a house to respond to a domestic call around 3:15am Thursday, per WTAE. "They were shot with an unknown type of firearm," an officer tells KDKA. Officer Scott Bashioum, 52, later died, while a male officer reportedly shot in the stomach was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital and was undergoing treatment Thursday morning, report the Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. KDKA reports he is in intensive care.

Around 9:15am, authorities traced suspect Michael Cwiklinski to a home not far from the scene of the shooting where he and a pregnant woman were found dead, police say. Authorities haven't commented on how the woman died but say Cwiklinski suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to a neighbor, the woman and a man believed to be Cwiklinski lived in the home where police were initially called and where a bomb squad was later seen investigating a black vehicle. They had "back and forth disputes going on" and the woman had a protection abuse order against the man, the neighbor says, adding he awoke to gunshots, "then all hell broke loose." (Read more Pennsylvania stories.)

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