One officer killed, another injured in ‘ambush’ attack; suspect dead


CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) – One of two western Pennsylvania police officers “ambushed” and shot while responding to a domestic situation has died, and police are searching for a suspect, authorities said Thursday.

State police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka told reporters the incident began at 3:14 a.m. when the Canonsburg officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute.

The officers were “ambushed upon their arrival” and immediately shot, Bondarenka said.

The dead police officer was identified as Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum.

According to WPXI, the suspect and his girlfriend are also both dead.

WTRF reports that the suspect name is Michael Cwiklinski.

The surviving officer was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh, county Coroner Tim Warco said. His name and condition weren’t immediately released.

Police and SWAT teams were seen near at least two homes in the borough about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

The Canon-McMillan School District canceled classes Thursday because of the heavy police presence, and the nearby Chartiers-Houston School District was operating on a two-hour delay.

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