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PA Trooper Killed Responding Alone to Domestic Call

December 31, 2016  | 

Pennsylvania Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was reportedly shot and killed by Jason Michael Robison.
(Photo: PA State Police)
Pennsylvania Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was reportedly shot and killed by Jason Michael Robison.(Photo: PA State Police)

Pennsylvania Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, responded alone to a domestic call Friday night before he was shot and killed by a man who had reportedly violated a protection from abuse order, Pennsylvania State Police officials said Saturday.

"He was alone" when he went to the home of Sherry Robison in Juniata Township, said Capt. David Cain, the commanding officer of Weaver's Troop G. Inside that house was Robison's son, 32-year-old Jason Michael Robison. Somehow, Cain said, the man obtained a firearm while he was being interviewed by the trooper, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Troop G members responded to the scene and realized Trooper Weaver needed immediate medical attention," Cain said. "They tactically removed Trooper Weaver from the residence," he added.

Weaver, a newlywed and dean's list criminology major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, died of his gunshot wounds. Sixteen hours later -- after a central Pennsylvania manhunt that involved nearly 100 troopers, FBI, and other law enforcement personnel -- the alleged killer was found holed up in a house trailer near his mother's home.

About 10 a.m., Cain said the armed Hesston man was shot and killed by troopers who were "faced with a deadly situation" when Robison "failed to obey commands and made an overt threat toward the troopers."

Comments (9)

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Army @ 12/31/2016 8:34 PM

My prayers for Trooper Weavers family. But at least robison had the decency to get himself killed. That's justice.

Anton leppler @ 1/1/2017 8:27 PM

Why was trooper weaver allowed to go to a domestic call ALONE. WHAT is Psp policy on sending an officer to a domestic complaint. He should never have been dispatched to that complaint ALONE. Officer safety first. Someone's head should roll. There should be an internal investigation by Psp for sure. With NO.COVER UP !!!!!!!!#

Mark @ 1/2/2017 1:29 PM

Thoughts and prayers to this Trooper's family, friends, fellow officers, and new wife. Just terrible.

I do agree with Anton leppler above. Why did this Trooper respond to this call alone? Is that allowed at this agency? I will never understand those agencies out there that have their people handle things alone especially calls like this or even arrests. I am glad I worked at a large city agency where we did nothing alone. It was even against policy to make an arrest alone. I could tell many times that a guy was going to fight me but then when a few more officers rolled up they always went willingly.

Cohn @ 1/2/2017 1:43 PM

God Bless this Trooper / young man.

Cohn @ 1/2/2017 1:45 PM

God Bless Trooper Weaver and his family.

Rede2hike @ 1/2/2017 4:24 PM

Why was this officer alone? No backup , no way.

bo2234 @ 1/3/2017 4:10 AM

Mourn...don't Monday morning quarterback...

Looking at a map, Juniata Township is in the mountainous no-man's land between Pittsburgh and Harrisburgh and there isn't a whole lot out there. Back-up may be a luxury in that area whereas the previous posters have it more readily available. A LOT of geography in the country is like that, you have to learn to use instinct, your training, your tactics and more importantly...your mouth. Sometimes even that will not work.

God Speed Landon...

MJD @ 1/3/2017 7:37 AM

Rest in peace Trooper Weaver. Thank for your service. Very well said bo2234

TBOW426 @ 1/3/2017 10:07 AM

bo2234 said it best "mourn...don't Monday morning quarterback. I have worked in rural areas where my patrol assignment was 70 miles from one end to the other and I was the only unit in that area. Back up might have to come from home. Yes, we went to domestics alone and accepted that was just the way it was. I have known several PSP Troopers and they understand and accept the nature of the job.

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