The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 27, 2013

Police: Suspect in trooper shooting is dead


Associated Press

BROCKWAY — A Jefferson County man who critically wounded a state trooper as a warrant was being served appears to have killed himself, police said Friday.

Trooper Brad Wilson, a 24-year veteran of the state police, is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital, state police said. The dead man was identified as 60-year-old Kenneth Lees Sr.

Police were seeking to serve a warrant early Thursday afternoon at Lees’ house in Brockway, about 90 miles north of Johnstown, as part of an investigation into a possible methamphetamine lab. Police say they believe Lees shot Wilson through a window and then killed himself. The investigation is ongoing.

Lees was the sole occupant of the home, but police also issued a warrant for the man’s son, Kenneth Lees Jr.

Officers spotted the car of the younger Lees on Thursday evening and attempted to stop it. But Lees led them on a 20- to 25-minute chase, state Police Capt. Bernard Petrovsky said. The vehicle was disabled by strips placed across the road, and Lees tried to run away before being taken into custody.

The younger Lees faces felony charges of fleeing and eluding and aggravated assault.