State Police: 1 trooper dead in barracks shooting

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A late-night shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania left one trooper dead and another injured, and authorities were searching Saturday for a suspect, state police said.

The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. Friday at the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton. Nearby Lackawanna County dispatched its SWAT team, and helicopters were seen flying over the area.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

State police spokeswoman Maria Finn told The Times-Tribune newspaper that one trooper was killed and another was injured. She did not specify the severity of the injuries. The names of the troopers were not released.

State police didn't immediately return several phone messages from The Associated Press seeking further details.

Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed Saturday morning. The barracks is in a wooded area, surrounded by state game lands.

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