A whole Pennsylvania household was worn out after a tragic Christmas weekend taking pictures left a person and his mother and father useless.
Justin Erik Kephart fatally shot his mom a number of occasions earlier than firing greater than 100 rounds throughout an eight-hour standoff with police, authorities stated Tuesday. He then turned his gun on himself. His dad killed himself three days later.
A cop responded to a house in Bethlehem Township at round 1:30 p.m. Friday on a report of a lady bleeding on the entrance garden, Township Police Chief Dan Pancoast stated at a press convention.
Authorities recognized the sufferer as 62 -year-old Marylouise Meixell-Moyer. Town coroner’s workplace stated she was shot 11 occasions. Cops couldn’t verify a motive for the killing however stated the mom and son reportedly had a troubled relationship.
When Officer John Meehan arrived on the residence to test on Meixell-Moyer’s physique, gunman Kephart, 36, started firing a number of rounds on the cop and a neighbor from inside his residence, the chief stated.
“I felt like I used to be in a struggle zone, actually,” Northampton County District Lawyer John Morganelli stated on the press convention. “It’s laborious to get contained in the thoughts of somebody like this.”
Meehan and the neighbor spent almost an hour taking cowl behind parked vehicles throughout the road.
When extra regulation enforcement officers arrived on the scene later, they discovered Kephart useless from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Joseph Sokolowski stated.
Greater than 100 shell casings, two Russian assault rifles — an AK 47 and an AK74 — and a 12-gauge, semi-automatic shotgun, had been additionally found within the residence, he stated.
Kephart had not been allowed to personal weapons due to a earlier felony drug conviction. Authorities consider he took the weapons from his father’s ammunition assortment. His father, Dale Kephart, 68, was discovered useless in his Allentown residence on Monday after committing suicide, authorities stated.
No officers had been wounded throughout the standoff.