Hunt on for gunman in US trooper ambush


US authorities are hunting for a gunman who shot and killed a US state trooper and wounded another in an ambush outside police barracks in Pennsylvania, calling the attack “cowardly.


State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan urged members of the public to come forward with any clues they might have following Friday night’s assault at the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, in a bid to track down the perpetrator.

“This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were leaving the barracks and were shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves,” Noonan told reporters.

“It’s a cowardly attack. It’s an attack upon all of us in society and the people of Pennsylvania.”

Authorities have offered a $US20,000 ($A21,640) reward for any information leading to the capture and conviction of the person responsible.

“We’re looking for the cooperation of the public, whether it’s money that would motivate you or just outrage at this terrible act,” Noonan said.

“The Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement in general will not rest until this individual is apprehended.”

Several hundred troopers and law enforcement agents were working on the case.

“We’re talking to many people. There is no specific person that is a suspect. Just because someone is being interviewed or we’re looking to interview them, does not mean they are a suspect in any way. No one is in custody,” Noonan said.

The victims were identified as Corporal Bryon Dickson, who died in the attack, and Alex Douglass, who was in stable but critical condition, CNN reported.

While a motive remains unclear, Noonan said the attack clearly targeted authorities.

In the wake of the shooting, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett ordered flags to be flown at half-mast in honour of Dickson.

“Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilised society,” he said.

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