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Troopers fire on armed assault suspect in Warfordsburg incident

Pennsylvania State Police responding to a domestic incident in Warfordsburg on Monday reportedly shot an assault suspect who pointed a rifle at a trooper trying to resolve the incident.

According to police, troopers responded to the 5200 block of Moss Road in the Brush Creek Township around 5:23 a.m. on June 20 in response to reports of a domestic dispute.

The victim told police that the suspect had been fighting, was acting “irrationally” and was last seen in the residence loading weapons with ammunition.

Police reported that a trooper attempted to make contact with Russell C. Smith

through the window of the residence, and Smith became belligerent.

The suspect then went to a closet and came back out with a rifle, pointing it at the trooper, said police.

That trooper fired on Smith, striking him, and then retreated after clearing the area of family members.

A Special Emergency Response Team of the Pennsylvania State Police was contacted to get Smith to surrender to police. He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to a regional trauma hospital for treatment of his injuries, said police.

Cpl. Cory Ickes is the investigating officer in the case.