Suspect in Pennsylvania Trooper’s Shooting Death Is Dead

Breaking News: Authorities in Pennsylvania who had been searching for Jason Michael Robison, wanted for the shooting death of State Trooper Landon Weaver on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, announced that as of about 10:30 a.m. EST today, Robison was captured and killed, ending the manhunt for a suspect police characterized as armed and dangerous.

Robison, 32, was found by Pennsylvania State Police in a mobile home in the central part of the state, not far from the Huntingdon County home where Trooper Landon Weaver encountered Robison when responding to a domestic disturbance call. The suspect, a Hesston, Pennsylvania resident, reportedly threatened police when they found him on Saturday morning, Dec. 31, 2016. Details of the encounter between police and Robison have not been released, other than to say the suspect was dead.

The manhunt for Robison began after first-year Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon Weaver, 25, responded to a call about a violation of protection orders at a home on Bakers Hollow Road in Juniata Township.

Robison was no stranger to the criminal justice system, having been released from Huntingdon County Jail on Dec. 6, 2016 on $10,000 bail for charges receiving stolen property and driving without a license, among other charges. His name appeared nine times in the Huntingdon County court dockets, dating back to 2005.

Landon Weaver, a native of Blair County, Pennsylvania, joined the Pennsylvania State Police in December 2015 after studying criminal justice at Indiana University and was assigned to Troop G, Huntingdon. Weaver married his high school sweetheart, Macy Gottshall, in June 2016.

Few details have been released by the state police about either Weaver’s shooting on Friday night or Robison’s death on Saturday.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended his condolences in a statement released Friday night:

“On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Trooper Weaver and all members of the State Police across Pennsylvania in this moment of tragedy. Landon will always be remembered for his bravery, his sacrifice, and his willingness to serve.”

 


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