One Canonsburg, PA, police officer was killed and another wounded early Thursday when they were ambushed responding to a domestic disturbance call. Police said the officers were shot as they approached the front door of a home.
Washington County Coroner Tim Warco told Channel 11 that one of the officers died at Canonsburg Hospital. He was identified as 52-year-old Scott Bashioum, of Canonsburg.
The other officer, James Saieva, was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police said he had surgery and is in stable condition.
Investigators confirmed that the suspect, Michael Cwiklinski, and his wife, Dalia Sabae, were found dead at about 9 a.m. inside the home. Warco said Cwiklinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Warco said that Sabae was three months pregnant.
Gas cans were found inside the house and inside Cwiklinski's car. State police said there was an active protection from abuse order against Cwiklinski.
State troopers said that some neighbors were evacuated during a SWAT situation. Those who were not evacuated were urged to stay inside their homes. Roads in the area were closed and the Allegheny County Bomb Squad was called to the scene because investigators were concerned that there may have been hidden explosives inside the home.
The Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation has set up a fund for Bashioum's family. The Officer Scott Bashioum Children Memorial Fund is at the Washington Financial Bank in Washington County. People can donate at any Washington Financial Bank branch. More information about the foundation can be found at wppbf.org.
Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Washington County to fly at half-staff to honor Bashioum. The governor said flags should remain lowered until sunset Monday.