09/30/2005

Pa. police capture suspect in hospital shooting

The Associated Press

LANGHORNE, Pa.- A man taken to a suburban hospital for a sobriety test Thursday night grabbed a police officer's gun, opened fire and killed one officer, authorities said. Another officer and medical technician were wounded.

District Attorney Diane Gibbons identified the suspect only as a 38-year-old Bedminster man who had been stopped for possible drunken driving.

He was captured in the St. Mary Medical Center garage an hour after the shooting. He was hiding in the back seat of a car and police had to smash a window to capture him.

He faced a charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The man fired five shots after grabbing the gun. Both the wounded officer, who was shot in the chest, and the hospital employee were expected to survive, authorities said.

The slain police officer was described as a 46-year-old man who had been with the Newton Borough department less than a year.

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