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New details released in shooting that left four people dead

By: Kerri Corrado


The Cambria County district attorney, Cambria County coroner and state police held a press conference at the state police barracks in Ebensburg.

Authorities released the names of the people shot and killed in the shooting in Allegheny Township Friday night.

State police say the family just got home from dining out and were watching TV before the deadly shooting.

"They came armed and ready to commit murder," Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said.

State police say two intruders, identified as Josephine Ruckinger, 43, showed up at her family's home with her husband Jeffrey Ruckinger, 43, and started firing.

State police say Josephine's father, mother, and brother were all inside the home. They say the mother, identified as Roberta Frew, 64, answered the door.

"We believe she cried out something along the effect of  'Oh my god they have guns,' at this time gunfire erupted," Pennsylvania State Police Trooper John Matchik said.

Josephine shot her mother in the chest and that's when her brother John Frew Jr. attempted to grab a rifle, but was shot in the chest too by Josephine's husband.

Father identified as John Edward Frew Sr., then shot the intruders, but state police say he didn't know it was his daughter Josephine, who died shortly after at UPMC Altoona.

"We believe Mr. Frew senior did not immediately recognize one of the two intruders as his estranged daughter," Matchik said.

State police say they believe he hasn't seen his daughter in 20 years and as for the motive of the shooting is still being explored.

State police say they found large amount of ammunition, gas can, and charcoal lighter fluid inside the suspect's station wagon.

Cambria county district attorney Kelly Callihan says it was a home invasion that was a murder plot. She says according to preliminary findings, the use of force from John Edward Frew Sr. was justified.

"He used deadly fire of his own life and tried to save his families," Callihan said

Callihan says they are looking at John Edward Frew Sr. as a victim of attempted homicide adding that the intruders carried out a deadly attack on his family.

Authorities said John Frew Sr. is being very cooperative and that the investigation ongoing.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times