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Suspect dead after standoff, trooper critically wounded

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. --

One man is dead, his son arrested and a state trooper in critical condition after standoff in Jefferson County that began with serving a warrant.

Officials said Kenneth Lees Sr. took his own life. Trooper Bradley Wilson remains in critical but stable condition.

The incident started around 2 p.m. Thursday when officials were trying to serve a search warrant at a Brockway home where they suspected illegal drug activity.

At that time, a person inside the house fired shots from a window and Wilson was struck in the neck and torso.

Wilson was transported from the scene and authorities then became engaged in a standoff at the home located at 1881 Cemetery Hill Road in Snyder Township.

Around 1 a.m. Friday, 60-year-old Kenneth Lees Sr., was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the home.

State police said all attempts to communicate with Lees during the standoff had been unsuccessful. Police ultimately went inside the home, where they found Lees' body. Officials said Lees was the only person in the house.

Wilson, a 24-year veteran of the PSP DuBois barracks, remains at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in critical condition, state police officials said Friday.

Officials said they arrested Lees son -- Kenneth Lees II --  overnight, though it was not immediately clear what charges he faces.

State police said Lees II led police on a chase overnight that lasted about 15-20 miles by vehicle, then he tried to flee on foot. Another trooper was slightly injured when he fell during the chase.

According to documents obtained by 6 News, investigators had been keeping an eye on the Cemetery Hill Road property for at least the past two weeks because officials had found garbage bags containing items used to make methamphetamine.

According to the paperwork, investigators returned to the home very early Thursday and found new garbage bags with more drug-related items and marijuana residue. The warrant was signed by a judge around 1 p.m. Thursday, shortly before Wilson and other officials went to the home to execute the warrant.

State police said the investigation is ongoing. Stay with 6 News and WJACTV.com for continuing coverage.


 
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Edgar Snyder

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