A man named Jason Robison, who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Pennsylvania state trooper, has now been killed by the officers who have been pursuing him. Authorities say Robison killed the trooper on Friday, and then hid out in an unoccupied mobile home close to where he lived in Huntington county. State police tracked Robison down there and then got into a confrontation with him, which resulted in his death.
The state trooper who was murdered was Landon Weaver. There had been a 9-1-1 call placed about a domestic violence incident and Weaver was responding to it. The location of the incident was in the Juniata Township, which is roughly 85 miles outside of Pittsburg. As soon as Weaver’s body was discovered, state police published a photo of Robison and urged the public to be on the lookout for him.
Robison had a long criminal history which included dozens of arrests for everything from arson to assault. So far, investigators are still not clear as to why Robison killed Weaver in the first place. What is even more tragic is that Weaver had only been a state trooper for just one year. He is also the 97th Pennsylvania state trooper to be murdered while on active duty.
The United States in general has had an increase in the number of police officers killed in the line of duty. A big reason for this is believed to be because of the anti-police sentiment that is growing around the country. This is mainly due to all the publicized incidences where white police officers shoot unarmed black suspects. Of course, this situation with Robison and Weaver does not fall into any kind of racism category because both men were white. Perhaps this goes to show the public that law enforcement officers take risks all the time and they never know who the bad guys truly are.