LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – The Rockview-based state police investigated an attempted homicide that turned into a suicide sometime between 11:50 p.m. Friday and 1:13 a.m. Saturday in Liberty Township.
During the incident, a 32-year-old Howard man violated a protection from abuse order that involved his estranged wife. He entered a private residence with a key and then went into the bedroom where she was asleep with the second victim.
The man who was in possession of a firearm directed threats toward both victims inside the residence. He then fired a round at his estranged wife; however, the second victim disrupted this by pushing him. At that point, the man and the second victim engaged in a physical altercation, state police said.
During the altercation, the woman removed herself from the bedroom and called 9-1-1. After realizing this, the man left the residence with the firearm. The second victim was taken by ambulance to the Lock Haven Hospital and treated for a fractured bone and lacerations to the upper body before being released, state police said.
The man was later found deceased by state police near the Liberty Township Sewage Treatment Plant. After an autopsy at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, state police determined the man was deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.