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Police officer killed in Pa., gunman at large

The officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop


Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman.

Lower Burrell Police Chief Tim Weitzel, acting as a spokesman for the New Kensington police, confirmed the officer's death on Friday night. He declined to identify the officer or say which police department he worked for.

The Tribune Review reports that the fatal shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. in New Kensington, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh. It says police officers from neighboring towns, some carrying rifles, are scouring the area for the suspect. Police dogs also are being used in the search.

Authorities are looking for a brown, older model Jeep Grand Cherokee believed to be connected to the shooting.

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