IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man being sought in the shooting death of his wife killed himself when police attempted to stop him for questioning on a rural western Pennsylvania road.
State police said Anthony Detar, 38, was a suspect in the Friday death of Kelly Detar, 40, at their Sewickley Township home. Kelly Detar could have died in the early morning hours because no one was at home before a family member discovered her body at about 8:15 a.m. Friday and called 911, Trooper Steve Limani said.
Officials said Anthony Detar shot himself shortly after noon Friday when troopers stopped his sport utility vehicle near Marienville in Forest County, about 125 miles away from the home. Coroner Norman Wimer said police were trying to apprehend the man and “keep him in an unpopulated area since he was considered armed and dangerous.”
A neighbor, Richard Coleman, said Anthony Detar was a self-employed construction worker who had been preparing for a fishing trip when Coleman last saw him a few days ago.
Kelly Detar studied criminal justice at Westmoreland County Community College, according to her Facebook page.
“She was always smiling and laughing,” Sherry Lackey, 40, of Yukon, a childhood friend, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “She was outgoing and very trusting, a happy-go-lucky girl.”
The couple, who married in 2009, loved to hunt, fish, camp and ride dirt bikes and had a cabin in northern Pennsylvania, Coleman said. “They seemed like a very loving couple.”
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