State police say they’ve found cop-killing suspect’s rifle

Ray Shelter
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Ray Shetler. Shetler was charged with homicide Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in connection with the fatal shooting a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute. Shetler was captured around 3:15 a.m. after a six-hour manhunt while walking near a power plant outside New Florence, Pa., about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (AP) – State police say they’ve found the rifle allegedly used to kill a western Pennsylvania police officer.

The suspect, 31-year-old Ray Shetler Jr., had told police he lost the rifle while swimming across the Conemaugh (KAWN’-ee-maw) River during a six-hour manhunt that followed the Saturday night shooting of St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed.

But police say Tuesday the gun was found in woods near where Shetler was arrested walking along a highway.

A state police spokesman planned to release more details later.

Police say Shetler shot the 54-year-old officer after Reed responded to a domestic dispute called in by Shetler’s girlfriend.

Police believe Shetler fired three shots, one of which killed Reed, who fired six shots at Shetler. Another officer fired a single shot.

Shelter, who was hit in the shoulder, is jailed on a homicide charge.

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