Suspect Identified in Tioga County Trooper Shooting

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UPDATE: State Police have identified the man who was shot and killed during a standoff Wednesday as 68-year-old Delos Lowe of Elkland. Stay with Eyewitness News for more on this story as it develops.

NELSON TOWNSHIP, TIOGA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The suspect that shot at State Police troopers, sending one trooper to the hospital and touching off a 14-hour standoff, has been confirmed dead.

State Police say the situation ended around 2 a.m. Wednesday when the PSP Special Emergency Response Team returned fire, killing the suspect.

It all began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when State Troopers were called for a welfare check for a man who lives on Barney Hill Road.

Pennsylvania State Troopers went to go check on him and after announcing themselves and getting no response, they entered the home through an unlocked door. That’s when troopers say he opened fire.

One trooper was shot and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital and was treated for his injury. He did not need surgery and we’re told he is in stable condition now.

Another trooper sustained a lower-body injury while trying to get away from the gunfire and was also treated for that injury. A third trooper was not hurt.

A woman who says she called police told Eyewitness News he is a shut-in with a history of mental illness. She also warned that he is wary of the government and is in possession of an extensive arsenal of weapons.

The woman who says she called for the welfare check owns a local pizza place in town and says she was worried for his safety when he didn’t call for usual grocery deliveries over the past three weeks.

Eyewitness News is choosing not to identify that man due to the seriousness of the accusations, until officials confirm his identity.

For more than 14 hours, a State Police Special Emergency Response Team and emergency crews hunkered in, with the mission of extracting the suspect with no more injuries.


UPDATE: It was reported earlier that the trooper who was shot underwent surgery. State police say he did not need surgery.


There’s a tense and violent situation in the community of Nelson Township, Tioga County.

A state trooper is in stable condition Tuesday night after being shot during a wellness check at home. This situation is occurring on Barney Hill Road in Nelson Township, several miles east of the community of Elkland and about 20 miles south of the New York state border.

Investigators say it began around 12:30 p.m. when troopers were dispatched to do a welfare check on an individual at a home on Barney Hill Road. That individual allegedly opened fire on the troopers.

One trooper was struck and was flown out. His condition is unknown. A second state trooper is being treated for a broken leg suffered when he was trying to take cover during the gunfire.

State troopers have the area sealed off and are warning people to stay away from the area. The names of the troopers who were injured have not been released. Neither has the name of the suspect.

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