Man in Court on Domestic Violence Charge Opens Fire

Three civilians and a police officer were wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom. The man, who was killed by a police officer, had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence.

Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom have been released from a hospital in nearby West Virginia, the Associated Press reports The gunman, Patrick Dowdell, 61, of Masontown, Pa., was shot and killed by a German Township police officer. An officer who was wounded, Masontown police Sgt. R. Scott Miller, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Dowdell entered the lobby in Masontown around 2 p.m. Wednesday with a handgun drawn and opened fire. He had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence. Miller encountered Dowdell and was injured when he exchanged gunfire with the shooter. When Miller took cover, Fayette County prosecutor Richard Bower said, the gunman fired shots injuring the two men and one woman. Dowdell had been arrested Aug. 25 and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, strangulation, simple assault and harassment. It wasn’t clear whether any of the wounded civilians were connected to that domestic violence case.

from https://thecrimereport.org