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Pa. Cop Takes 2nd Cop Hostage, Kills Self

Authorities say an off-duty eastern Pennsylvania deputy sheriff took another off-duty officer hostage at gunpoint, then fatally shot himself.

Scene of shooting in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Scene of shooting in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania (WFMZ TV)

Police tell WFMZ-TV that Carbon County Deputy Sheriff David Midas went to the Lansford police station Friday night. Authorities say Midas, who was also a Lansford police officer, took ammunition and an unmarked police car and drove to the home of another off-duty officer and took him hostage.

The station reports the 33-year-old Midas then drove east into Jim Thorpe and a struggle began. Police tell WFMZ Midas then shot himself in the head. He died later at a hospital.

Police haven’t released any information about the second officer’s condition. A coroner identified the deputy sheriff.

State police said Saturday that an investigation is underway. They haven’t offered a motive.

 

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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