A police officer was killed and another was wounded in a shooting outside a Pittsburgh-area home early Thursday, spurring authorities to evacuate homes and cancel school as officers searched for the shooter, officials said.
The two Canonsburg police officers were shot “as soon as they approached the front of the residence” in Canonsburg as they checked a report about a domestic dispute, state police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said.
One of the officers died of his wounds, the office of Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said. The condition of the other officer wasn’t immediately released; neither were the officers’ names.
Bondarenka said the officers were sent to the home at about 3:15 a.m. ET. An active “protection from abuse” order — a restraining order issued by a judge — is associated with someone in the home, Bondarenka said, without elaborating.
Homes in the area were evacuated after the shooting, Bondarenka said, and the Canon-McMillan School District canceled classes for the day.
“Please stay in your house if you’re not being evacuated,” Bondarenka said.
Police Thursday morning were looking for whoever shot the officers, CNN affiliate WTAE reported.
Canonsburg is about 15 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.