Officials are describing the shooting of two Pennsylvania cops as an “ambush.” The suspect in the death of one Canonsburg police officer and the wounding of another has been named as Michael Cwiklinski, 47. The attack happened in the early hours of November 10 at a home on the 100 block of Woodcrest Drive. The town of Canonsburg is a little over 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. The deceased officer has been named as Scott Bashioum, 52, of Washington, Pennsylvania.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cwiklinski Also Killed His Pregnant Wife After She Had Taken a Restraining Order Out Against Him
Officials have said that the officers were responding to a domestic incident at a home at around 3 a.m. on November 10. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the woman who lived in the home had a restraining order against Cwiklinski. KDKA later reported that she had been killed too. That woman was later named as Cwiklinski’s wife, Dalia Sabae.
A neighbor, Keith Jacobs, told the Post-Gazette, “She has had a [protection from abuse order] against him … there have been back and forth disputes going on.” He added that Sabae was two months pregnant.
According to her LinkedIn page, Sabae was a pharmacy intern and studied at Washington & Jefferson College. She was fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish. While on her Facebook page, Sabae says that she previously lived and went to school in Egypt but is originally from Russia. For her political views, Sabae wrote, “Secular liberal global citizen.”
2. Officials Aren’t Saying if the Officers Were Targeted but Have Described the Shooting as an ‘Ambush’
KDKA reports that when officers approached the home on Woodcrest Drive, Cwiklinski opened fire. Officials have not said if they believe the officers were targeted but have referred to the shooting as an “ambush.” Trooper Melinda Bonderanka told the media, “Upon their arrival, the two officers were ambushed. They were shot with an unknown type of firearm.”
3. He Was Arrested for Hitting a Woman Outside of a Walmart a Few Days Before the Shooting
The Observer-Reporter reports that on November 7, Cwiklinski was arrested for hitting a woman in the face outside of a Walmart in the South Strabane Township. Previously, in June 2016, Cwikslinski received a citation for harassing his wife.
4. A Friend of the Slain Officer Said the Victim Was a ‘Great Guy, Top to Bottom’
District Judge David Mark told the Post-Gazette that Bashioum was “a great guy, top to bottom. One of the best people I know inside and out. I can’t imagine what the family is going through.” ABC Pittsburgh reports that Bashioum was the father to four children. He had been on the force for seven years.
The wounded officer was shot in the stomach. Both cops had first been taken to Canonsburg Hospital and then one was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Bashioum passed away in Canonsburg. KDKA reports that the wounded officer is in intensive care but that his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
5. Cwiklinski Committed Suicide
Authorities have said that Cwiklinski committed suicide. A major SWAT operation had been going on in the area around the shooting. KDKA’s Rick Dayton reports that Cwiklinski’s body was found inside the home where the domestic incident occurred.
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