TRAGEDY: Two troopers were ambushed outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa., Friday night. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Law enforcement have launched a manhunt for the killer(s) in the Pocono Mountain region, on foot and by helicopter.
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said one trooper was leaving the barracks and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday.
Gov. Tom Corbett has released the following statement on the shooting:
“Our prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty Friday night outside the Blooming Grove, Pike County, state police barracks. We are praying as well, for the full recovery of his colleague who was injured in the incident.
“Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilized society. The incident in Blooming Grove shows, once again, that our first responders face constant danger in order that the rest of us may live in peace and safety.
“At this time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Pennsylvania State Police troopers are working with local and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the person or persons who carried out this cowardly act. We ask the public to be patient as well as vigilant.”