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Pennsylvania Officer Fatally Shot in ‘Ambush’ While Responding to Domestic Violence Call, Suspect Kills Self

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Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP

One police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded early Thursday morning in what police described as an “ambush” after the officers responded to a domestic violence call in western Pennsylvania, according to multiple reports.

The suspect, identified as Michael Cwiklinski by CBS Pittsburgh, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The slain officer has been identified as Scott Bashioum, 52, of Washington, according to WTAE.

According to CBS, state police told reporters the Canonsburg officers were “ambushed upon their arrival” to the location of an alleged domestic violence call.

“They were shot with an unknown type of firearm,” Trooper Melinda Bonderanka said, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

“When it first started, one was bleeding badly,” a firefighter told CBS. “The shooter had everyone pinned down when they were trying to get him. I don’t know where he was shot.”

District Judge David Mark told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he knew Bashioum and his family.

“He is a great guy, top to bottom. One of the best people I know inside and out,” he said. “I can’t imagine what the family is going through.”

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A manhunt for Cwiklinski prompted local schools to delay or cancel classes for the day because of police and SWAT presence, according to CBS. Officials confirmed shortly after 9 a.m. that Cwiklinski had killed himself with a gun, according to reports.

USA Today reports that a woman at the house where the shooting took place had an active protection-from-abuse order against Cwiklinski.

A neighbor told CBS of the shooting, “It woke me from bed about 3:30, 4 o’clock this morning. I could hear what I thought was firecrackers and then I heard somebody say, ‘My partner’s down,’ or something like that. Then, all hell broke loose.”